Reese signs with Jackson State Community College

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Marshall County High School senior John Brent Reese (front row, middle) signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Jackson State Community College on Friday afternoon. Also pictured with Reese are (front row, left to right) mother Bonnie Reese, sister Rebecca McKay, (back row, left to right) Marshall County assistant coach Robby Giles, Jackson State head coach Steve Cornelison, father Mike Reese, and Marshall County head coach Steve Reese. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Marshall County High School senior baseball player John Brent Reese will get a chance to compete at the collegiate level after signing a letter of intent to play at Jackson State Community College on Friday afternoon in the MCHS library.

A three-year starter at centerfielder for the Tigers, Reese turned in a strong senior campaign and helped guide Marshall County to a 26-10 record while MCHS captured their first District title in four years.

During his senior season, Reese posted a .301 batting average, tallied 24 RBI, and scored 21 runs while recording three doubles, six triples, and two homeruns en route to earning All-District 12-AA honors.

Reese displayed excellent range in the outfield as well and was successful in all nine steal attempts this past season.

"J.B. has some good wheels and made some real good defensive plays in the outfield for us. He also got some big hits for us too and showed a lot of leadership this season," said Marshall County coach Steve Reese. "He improved every year and worked hard to get better. I think Jackson State is getting a pretty good player and a fine person."

Although Jackson State posted an impressive 34-16 record this past season, coach Steve Cornelison thinks Reese has a chance to receive some early playing time for the Generals next year.

"We have a need in that area and we think he is a very good athlete. He has a strong baseball background and comes from a good program," said Cornelison. "We look for athletic players in the outfield that have a lot of range. I think he is a very coachable player too."

Reese also received interest from Motlow State Community College, but felt simply more comfortable at Jackson State.

"Their coach made me feel wanted there," said John Brent Reese. "I think I have a chance to play early there and I liked the close knit community atmosphere of the campus."

Reese was also a two-year starter at cornerback on the Marshall County football team, which posted a 9-4 record during the 2011 campaign and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs.

In the classroom, Reese is a solid student and finished his MCHS academic career with a 3.3 grade point average. He received Marshall County's School Spirit Award as well along with the Anonymous Scholarship Award and the First United Methodist Memorial Scholarship Award.