Son of BYU assistant still open

His father coaches at BYU, so many schools assume Matt Reynolds is headed to play for the Cougars. To strengthen the BYU hold over Reynolds is the fact that his two brothers play there. The Cougars may lead, but they are not a lock for his services.

Two offers (Cal and Utah St) at the end of May pushed Provo Timpview (Ut) OL/DE Matt Reynolds' total to nine. Matt (6-5, 275, 4.9), whose father (Lance Reynolds) has coached at BYU for almost 20 years and whose two brothers (Lance Jr. and Dallas) play offensive line for the Cougars, still favors BYU.

The Cougars (offer) lead slightly over Utah, Arizona, Arizona St, UCLA, Nebraska, and Northwestern (all have offered)-- and Matt finds himself wondering if some schools are laying off recruiting him because they think he'll sign with BYU, regardless of what he is saying.

"BYU recruiting me is a plus because it's so close to home," said Reynolds. "But BYU recruiting me is a minus because I think a lot of schools look at it as if I'm a lock to go there because my dad coaches

there and my two brothers will be going there. "That's definitely not the case; I have not made up my mind. I want to be recruited by other schools too.

"My family does their best to be impartial. They started being that way with (older brother) Dallas because he was the first one to be heavily recruited.

"I think that Nebraska is a great school, they had tradition for a lot of years, and they've got a great coaching staff.

"Arizona is recruiting me pretty hard; they're sending me the most handwritten letters.

"I think Northwestern would be harder to go to because it's farther away, but then again it's a good place to go to school. I've been told that if you can get a degree from a place like Northwestern then you're pretty much set.

"If I did commit to BYU and my dad were to be fired before I came back from my (two-year) mission (BYU has had two consecutive losing seasons), I don't think I'd want to go there anymore," said Reynolds. "Where my dad went to coach (if he got fired) would affect my decision. I think it would be hard to play for a school that fired my Dad."


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