ROCK SPRINGS — Another notable athlete out of Rock Springs High School signed a national letter of intent. Justis Reese made the decision to join the Dickinson State University football team in Dickinson, N.D. on Tuesday afternoon.
Reese was an All-State and All-Conference selection during his senior season with the Tigers football team. He finished as the seventh best receiver in 4A football with 520 yards and six touchdowns.
The decision to join the Blue Hawks was not an easy choice to make for Reese. Originally, he was planning to play basketball. During the football season, Dickinson State showed interest in him. Although his heart was set on playing college basketball, he went on a visit to Dickinson State and felt at home. He then decided it was best to pursue football.
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“I was expecting to play basketball but when I went on that visit I just decided to go with them,” Reese said.
“I think from playing basketball so long my body is tired of it,” Reese said. “Football will be a good experience for me and I’ll have a lot of fun with it.”
Blue Hawks Assistant Coach Michael McGuire had a major influence on Reese during his visit.
“Coach McGuire made me feel like I could count on him if I needed anything,” Reese said. “We met some players down there and they made me feel like we could hangout and have a good time.”
Nebraska Western was another team looking to add Reese to their team, however, the senior made his choice to join several other Wyoming football players at Dickinson State. He will join four other Mountain View seniors who signed with the Blue Hawks earlier this year.
Earning His Stripes
Reese’s accomplishments as a Tiger are quite lengthy and impressive. On the football field, Reese earned All-State and All-Conference honors and was named to the Shrine Bowl roster along with a Super 25 third team selection. In the gym, he also earned All-State and All-Conference recognition in basketball.
Playing under two different head coaches in football, Reese said that he has had a good memory in nearly every game he has ever played in. However, his senior year under coach Mark Lenhardt was a memorable experience.
“Pretty much every game I’ve had a good memory with. This team we had this year we had a different bond because we were all so close with each other,” Reese said.
Although the football season is far away, Reese hopes to improve upon his route running abilities. He will serve as a wide receiver for the Blue Hawks and has confidence that he will learn the skills necessary to run routes effectively at the collegiate level.
As he awaits to pack his bags and begin his studies in criminal justice, he will finish out the basketball season and graduate from RSHS. He looks forward to leaving his home town for a new experience.
“It’s definitely a different change than my home town,” Reese said. “It will be a different experience and will be fun.”