December 28, 2010

Reynolds 'solid' with Tech

Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley cornerback Jeremy Reynolds is in Charleston, South Carolina this week for the inaugural NUC All-World Gridiron Classic Game. He's there with a handful of other Texas Tech commits, and the opportunity to be around his future teammates has not been lost on the 2011 commit.

"It's pretty cool. We've been hanging out a lot and we're all excited about getting to Texas Tech. It's been a good deal so far to get to spend so much time with the guys I'll be playing with soon," Reynolds said. "We've all become pretty close to each other since the beginning of this thing, and I don't think that will do anything other than help us when we finally get to hit the field together. Me, Kindred Evans, DeAndre Washington, and Alfredo Morales are all here and we're having a pretty good time."

Since the news broke of James Willis' departure from the program, Reynolds has gone back and forth over what his next move should be. He indicated that he had made his final decision, however, and that he'd be a Red Raider when January arrives.

"I wasn't happy to hear the news that Coach Willis left, but honestly I don't think I'm going to open my recruitment back up. I'm going to stay with Texas Tech," he said. "I thought about it for a while and talked it over with the people close to me, and I still think it's the best place for me to be. I'm solid with Tech."

"I talked to Coach Robert Prunty yesterday and I've also talked to Coach Travaris Robinson. They both just kind of reassured me of what's going on out there and I felt a lot better after I talked to those guys. It's not ideal to lose your defensive coordinator, but we're going to stick together and we'll get through it."

Reynolds has seen a couple of programs make a late pitch, but it sounds as though he's done with official visits.

"Miami (FL) has been reaching out to me and they're wanting me to schedule an official visit with them. Connecticut has also been in contact with me some as well about an official, but I don't plan on scheduling one with either of them. I'm happy to be a Red Raider."

The 5-foot-9, 163-pounder will be enrolled at Tech in January and will be in Lubbock for spring ball. Reynolds plans on using that time to give himself an advantage when the fall rolls around.

"I think the extra time will be great. I've spoken with Coach Robinson a lot about coming in and competing for a spot early," he said. "Everybody wants to go to college and contribute right away, but it's really difficult to do. I think the reps I'll get in spring ball will just get me that much closer to seeing the field next year."

"All the things I've worked for are starting to show up, and it's not that I've arrived or anything, but I do feel like some of my hard work is starting to pay off," he said. "I've still got a long way to go, though. I'm ready to get there and go right back to work. It's going to be fun to be a fan of Texas Tech football and I hope I can be a big part of the reason why."

Reynolds committed to Texas Tech in August over offers from Cal, East Carolina, Michigan, New Mexico State, North Carolina State, Oregon State, and Towson.

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