McReynolds showing interest in ASU

Luring a four-star prospect located three time zones away for a visit is no small task. Nonetheless, the Sun Devils' efforts with Washington D.C. defensive lineman Kevin McReynolds are paying off so far as he plans to unofficially trip to Tempe next month.

By his own admission the 6-3 280 Kevin McReynolds grew up a Maryland fan, and the Terrapins are naturally one of the 40 or so schools that offered him. His interest in Arizona State started by a random encounter with a former Sun Devil.

"I was on vacation about a year ago and I met (former ASU fullback) Mike Karney," McReynolds recalled. "He told me about the program at Arizona State and what it was like playing there. Ever since then I started following them. I also have some friends who go there to school.

"I've been talking to Coach Mazzone and Coach Grady (Stretz) calling them on the phone. I was supposed to come visit there the first week of July but now I'll be coming there at the end of July. They obviously have one of the best defenses in the country and they really get after it on that side of the ball. As a defensive lineman that's all you can ask for."

The ASU coaches are pegging McReynolds at defensive tackle, but have also acknowledged to him that he could play at defensive end as well with his body build. "Most schools are recruiting me as a defensive tackle," McReynolds noted, "but I really have no preference."

The defensive linemen who tries to pattern his game after Ndamukong Suh, was selected to play in next year's UnderArmour All-American Game.

"Using my hands and improving my technique are some of the stuff that I need to work on," McReynolds stated, "and that's what I'm doing all summer. I hope that hard work pays off. I have good combination of size and strength (reported a benching 450 lbs.) and to run a 4.77 for a guy my size is huge."

McReynolds is naturally being bombarded with recruiting attention these days, yet he does actually relish the process. "I don't understand how players can say that (recruiting) is overwhelming," McReynolds claimed. "If you don't want your phone to ring you just put it on silent. I like that I get to pick what college I want to go to.

"I have no problem going to a school away from home and I don't have a short list. I'm looking for a school that feels like home. That's why I want to check out as many schools as I can."

While on the west coast at the end of next month, the defensive lineman also plans to unofficially visit Oregon, USC and UCLA. Auburn and Arkansas are other schools McReynolds plans to unofficially visit in the summer.

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