Posted by Bryan Fischer
It’s a stressful time in the recruiting world. Coaches are on the road and nervous about who will sign on the dotted line. Parents are frazzled with the phone ringing off the hook. The recruits are no different.
Washington, D.C. defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds is a little stressed out playing the recruiting game but that hasn't kept him from raving about his time at the Under Armour All-American game.
“It was a great experience,” McReynolds said. “That was my first taste of the college world. I’m proud of the way I played in that game considering just about every single play I got double teamed. That just shows the hard work I’ve put in.”
The All-Star game was not just a chance for McReynolds to go up against some of the top talent in the nation but also grab some added reps after missing five games in the middle of the season due to injury. A return to the gridiron late in the season not only got the rust out of his system but allowed him to contribute to a playoff push.
“I came back and played the last game of the season and helped the team get into the playoffs,” he said. “It actually came down to a fourth down stop on the one-yard line that I was in on. It was crazy.”
With Signing Day just over two weeks away, the 6-foot-3, 305 pound defensive tackle has penciled in his two remaining official visits before committing on February 2nd.
“I have two more planned, Mississippi State and Kansas State,” McReynolds said. “Mississippi State is a school with a bright future. Coach Mullen has done a great job turning that program around and bringing it back to prominence. It’s a program that I would love to be a part of one day. Kansas State was one of the biggest turnarounds of college football and I think they’re working on the second one right now. Coach Snyder has done a tremendous job at that program.”
Syracuse and UCLA are the two other schools under consideration. Like Mississippi State, UCLA’s defensive coordinator is no longer in the picture but the rest of the Bruins’ staff has picked up right where he left off.
“Coach (Todd) Howard is recruiting me and Coach (Daronte') Jones is recruiting me, basically the whole staff except for some of the people on offense,” McReynolds said. “Funny thing about it, (former defensive coordinator) Chuck Bullough was here the day before he got fired. He was at my house the day before he got fired. He was saying he was going to be there for awhile. I was shocked; he was just in my house.”
The coaching turnover that has been present normally turns many recruits off to a school. But for McReynolds, making the hard decision to let go of a coordinator showed him something else.
“I think it shows a dedication to winning by those schools,” he said. “No matter what, the student-athlete will always be there but these coaches job is to bring recruits and win. They basically put their livelihood in our hands. A coach could be a great coach but if he doesn’t get the personnel, that falls on him. That’s like coach Rich Rodriguez. He’s a great coach but I don’t think he fit well at Michigan.”
McReynolds is the fifth-ranked defensive tackle according to MaxPreps.com. He has been selected to play in the USA vs. the World game put on by the International Federation of American Football on February 2nd.