|Offer date||April 11, 2016|
|Commit date||Aug. 27, 2016|
|Decommit date||Dec. 18, 2016|
Reese Leitao committed to the Huskers on Aug. 27, 2016. He decommitted on Dec. 18.
He originally committed with an announcement on Twitter, thanking his family, coaches, teammates and other schools that recruited him. Then, he said "For the next 5 years I'll be attending the University of Nebraska #GBR."
As of the time of his commitment, he was a consensus three-star prospect (he is unranked on ESPN). The 247Sports composite ranks him as the nation's No. 35 tight end.
He was the 14th player to commit to Nebraska's 2017 class and the second from Oklahoma, joining defensive tackle Deontre Thomas. He joins Austin Allen as the second tight end in the class.
His commitment set off celebration from the Husker coaches. After he announced his commitment, Mike Riley tweeted: "Some exciting news out of Oklahoma for the #Huskers! Great work by (Tavita Thompson)!
That commitment came a little more than two months after he visited Nebraska for the first time. He took that visit on June 24 for the Huskers' Friday Night Lights camp, though he didn't participate in the camp.
Nebraska had been recruiting him since April 11, when they extended him an offer. Graduate assistant Tavita Thompson, who coaches the tight ends at Nebraska, led his recruitment, as did special teams coordinator Bruce Read, who typically recruits Oklahoma.
Their efforts helped the Huskers quickly jump to the top of Leitao's list. On August 9, Leitao included NU in his top four. Also making the list were Maryland, Penn State and Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State was the second school to offer him back in January 2016, and Stillwater is less than a two-hour drive from his home in Jenks. Leitao received his offer from Maryland on June 25 and visited the Terps a little more than a month later. His offer from Penn State came July 17, a couple days after he performed at their camp.
But none of those schools matched what NU had to offer.
His recruitment reignited late in the recruiting cycle, though. He received offers in early December from Oklahoma and Texas. He then took an official visit to Texas the weekend of Dec. 9, soon after the hiring of Tom Herman.
Leitao has athletics in his family. His dad, David Leitao, is the head men's basketball coach at DePaul in Rosemont, Illinois. That makes him the second Husker commit in the 2017 class to be the son of a collegiate head coach — Ben Miles is the son of LSU football coach Les Miles. Reese's older brother, David III, plays basketball for his father at DePaul.
Because his dad's a college basketball coach, Leitao has lived all over the country. David Leitao, a former UConn assistant, has been a coach in the states of Virginia, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma and currently Illinois since 2005. Reese moved to Oklahoma from Missouri before his sophomore year, around the time his dad became an assistant at Tulsa. The Leitao family, minus Reese, currently lives in the Chicago area.
Leitao plays both sides of the ball for Jenks High School, serving as a defensive end and tight end. Jenks has won four straight state titles, and Leitao was a part of the last two.
He posted a 4.47-second 20-yard shuttle, 39.5-foot kneeling powerball toss and 33.5-inch vertical jump at The Opening Regional in Dallas in March.
Below is his tweet announcing his commitment to the Huskers:
God bless pic.twitter.com/regSFH2K50— Reese Leitao (@leitao_reese) August 27, 2016
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
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