Thursday, September 17, 2009
Reesing to face old friends at Duke
By David Ubben ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing wasn't a highly regarded recruit coming out of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino and Reesing have always mentioned that Reesing recruited Kansas as much as the Jayhawks recruited him.
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Todd Reesing considered going to Duke coming out of high school before he settled on Kansas.
His only other BCS scholarship offer before he decided on Kansas came from Duke, the Jayhawks' opponent Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
"They recruited me," Reesing said. "They were my only other school that I was looking at that I had an offer from before I came here."
Reesing attended football camp at Durham, N.C., and he was intrigued by Duke's strong academic reputation.
"They hadn't offered me anything, so I went up there and threw (for them) and ended up getting an offer after that," Reesing said. "It was definitely a school I looked at. They were looking to build their program at the time and it was something I saw as an opportunity.”
But Reesing was also intrigued with the idea of building something at Kansas and playing in the Big 12 where he would frequently play in Texas.
"After I came here I kind of knew that here is where I wanted to go," Reesing said.
The Blue Devils have struggled in recent seasons and have high hopes that former Mississippi coach David Cutcliffe can turn around their fortunes.
Among all programs in conferences that receive automatic BCS bowl bids, the Blue Devils have the second-longest bowl drought. Fred Goldsmith took the Blue Devils to the Hall of Fame Bowl on Jan. 2, 1995, where they lost to Wisconsin. Baylor played in the Alamo Bowl three days earlier, losing to Washington State.
Despite those struggles in recent years, Reesing expects a challenge in Saturday's game from the 1-1 Blue Devils.
"They are a BCS conference team. They're a talented team with a lot of kids that have a lot of ability," Reesing said. "Just like last week, when we were going to a place with a defense that has guys who can play and guys that can make plays. It's something we'll have to get ready for."