The University of Arkansas went into the was certainly hoping to impress Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds when he arrived in Fayetteville Thursday night on his unofficial visit.
"It was great and I was blown away," McReynolds said Sunday night. "The coaches are great, the people down there are really nice, the fans are great with that Woo Pig Sooie stuff and the facilities – well they are just insane. Especially the weight room, which is the biggest I have ever seen. The business school is one of the best in the country and that is what I want to get into. It was a great, great trip."
McReynolds (6-3, 280, 4.77), who has made a plethora of unofficial visits to college campuses, arrived in Fayetteville Thursday night and left on Saturday to fly back to D.C., but left with a new favorite restaurant.
"The food at the Catfish Hole was some of the best I have ever had," McReynolds said. "I really enjoyed that, too."
McReynolds, a four-star prospect who is the 16th-best defensive tackle in the country per Scout.com, also left with a tremendous amount of respect for the Arkansas coaching staff.
"One of the things that really impressed me was how honest with me," McReynolds said. "Most the places you go they tell you how great you are, all the great things about you and all that. Arkansas coaches told me what I was good at and what I could work on to get better. I really respect that. That's the kind of coaching staff I need – one that pushes me to be the best I can be and not just tell me how great I am."
McReynolds has really bonded with Arkansas defensive line coach Bobby Allen, a Virginia native.
"Coach Allen is a great dude, a great dude," McReynolds said. "I can tell he is going to show you the love – like fatherly love - but also be tough. I can tell he has true love for his players, but he pushes them.
"He is a different kind of guy," McReynolds said of Allen. "But it is different in a good way."
McReynolds, who has used his twitter and facebook accounts to chronicle his recruiting, had mention on them earlier that he had some concerns about Petrino and his departure for the Atlanta Falcons.
"Gone," McReynolds said. "All those are gone. I am just fine with him and he is the type of head coach I need. And let's be honest, how often are you going to be one-on-one with the head coach anyway. You are mostly going to be with your position coach. If you are face-to-face with the head coach, it probably means you are in trouble and I am not going to get in trouble."
McReynolds has now been on unofficial visits to Arkansas, Ohio State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, East Carolina, Pittsburgh and UTEP.
He has a West Coast swing set soon with visits to USC, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona State.
"I am just trying to get all the information I can and get things down to five in September," McReynolds said. "Then I will take official visits."
McReynolds said that he will be back to visit Fayetteville and knows of three of the five schools he will take official visits to this fall.
"But I can't come out and say those yet," McReynolds said.
McReynolds might make a decision before the year turns over, but it won't be announced until national signing date.
"If I get real comfortable with a place and they have like one scholarship left at my spot, I would probably go ahead and silently commit," McReynold said. "But no one else would know until signing day."
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