Four-Star Defensive Tackle to Visit Auburn

A recruiting report on a heavily recruited football prospect and his interest in Auburn is featured.

Washington, D.C.--Kevin McReynolds, a four-star defensive tackle, has scholarship offers from across the country following an impressive junior season at St. John's College High School.

In an effort to sort out one college from another, he and his family will be making a lengthy road trip to visit many of the schools he is interested in signing with in February of 2011.

"I am planning on visiting Auburn in June," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We are going to get out and probably visit around 10, 11 or 12 colleges and spend time on the campus to get a feel for each of them."

Auburn has been recruiting the defensive tackle, who began attracting major attention after his sophomore season, for more than a year.

Commenting on what he is looking for in his college choice, the 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle says, "Of course, the academics are very important to me. The coaching staff is important, too.

"Ultimately it will come down to the place where I feel like I can succeed as a person and as a football player," he adds.

McReynolds says he is going on his road trip with an open mind and doesn't have any favorites other than a list of around 20 colleges that he wants to consider.

He notes that academics is a serious consideration because he wants to major in business and use that as a springboard to success after graduation. "I am 100 percent sure I want to go into business and I want to earn an MBA," he points out.

Kevin McReynolds

In high school he has had plenty of success on the football field. "One of the things I really like about football is that it offers a channel to take out your frustrations with aggression on the field," he says, noting that he doesn't have any problems finding reasons to build up frustration because there are not shortages of jerks to deal with in daily life.

"You may think I am kidding, but I am serious about that," he says. "Off the field I can just let things go and then take out my frustrations and aggression playing football."

His other sport at St. John's College High, not surprisingly, is wrestling. He won the state heavyweight championship as a junior. "I really like it for the same reasons Ivlike football," he says.

Playing for a traditional high school power, he says that St. John's is ready to bounce back from a substandard 2009 season and predicts that will happen. "We should have one of the top defensive teams in the country," he says, noting that his team will get a strong early season test on Sept. 17th with a road game at Ohio power Steubenville. "We are looking for to that."

He also says he is looking forward to his college road trip in June after taking a trip with his family to Europe earlier this year. "We went to Rome, Vienna, Croatia, Barcelona, France and some other places," he says. "I really enjoy it."

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