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In-State Commit Reese Donahue Embraces His Responsibility

reese donahueAs the talent pool within the state of West Virginia continues to rise the responsibility of representing the state increases. No one knows that better than Cabell Midland senior defensive end Reese Donahue. The 6’5 245 lb WVU commit is arguably the best football recruit in the state.

Verbally committing to WVU in February of this year Donahue only saw two other offers after making his announcement, Purdue and Cornell. However, that does not mean he was not highly sought after. “I used to hear from at least 15 schools regularly before announcing my commitment to WVU”, Reese said of his early recruitment. That contact dwindled quickly though. But there was a reason.

“Schools know how hard it is to get a West Virginia kid out of the state once they are committed to WVU”, Reese said of the lack of communication from other schools. Reese still talks regularly to Coach Tony Gibson and his future line coach Bruce Tall. “I also talk to Coach Holgorsen regularly”, he said of keeping in touch with the WVU staff. Although schools have backed off recruiting him he did go on to say that a Big 10 school recently contacted him only to say they had planned on making an offer until they heard he had committed to WVU.

Reese can sense the responsibility that comes with that commitment. “When I went to camps players would look at me and say he is the number 1 rated recruit in West Virginia, I had to make sure I represented my state well and remain humble”.

WVU has always been Reese’s dream school. And now that he is committed to playing for the Mountaineers he feels it is his responsibility to represent his high school, his family, teammates, and his state in the best way possible. “I am expected to be a leader and I have a standard to uphold”, Reese said.

What is most impressive about Reese is how he knows who depends on him and how that task is exactly what he wants. “If there is a trash can that is overflowing after practice and it is not emptied that is my fault”, Reese joked. While that may seem trivial that goes to Reese’s thought process. He has learned to embrace every perceived responsibility and made it his own.

With his recruitment now over Reese is eager to get back to focusing solely on Cabell Midland football and improving himself as an athlete. “We have the best weight room in West Virginia and possible one of the top 5 in the tri-state”, Reese said of the facilities in Ona, WV. “I will continue to work on my weight, strength, and speed this season”.

Cabell Midland is preparing to embark on what Reese describes as “the toughest schedules in the history of the school”.

While he has another year before he sets foot on campus in Morgantown you can rest assured that Reese will continue to embrace his responsibility to represent the state of West Virginia and West Virginia University both on and off the field.

Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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