It's a Family Affair

Brigham Young University received another verbal commitment from a 4-star recruit this holiday weekend. While family ties played into this decision, the choice to commit to BYU was far from a forgone conclusion. That uncertainty made for a few anxious moments in Cougarland.

SuperPrep and's 8th ranked O-linemen nationally has finally pulled the trigger on BYU over Arizona State, Oregon and Utah.

BYU just received a commitment from Timpview High School's 6'5", 270 pound trench specialist Matt Reynolds.

"Well, I committed to BYU," said Matt Reynolds.

Reynolds joins QB Stephen Covey to become the second member of the "Thunderbird Four" to give a verbal to play football for the Cougars.

"I think a lot of it has to do with growing up here and you watch the games and kind of dream about playing in that stadium (Lavell Edwards Stadium). That's part of it and my family is here and probably going to be here for awhile and that's nice to know. I've also got two brothers that are on the team and my dad's a coach," said Reynolds.

Reynolds gave BYU fans a bit of a scare thinking he was a sure thing to sign with the Cougars since his father Lance Reynolds is an assistant head coach and running back coach at BYU. So why did he wait so long to make his announcement?

"Well, just the curiosity to see what else is out there," Reynolds said.

Reynolds had scholarship offers from Arizona State, Cal and Utah and received recruiting offers from Cal, UCLA and received interest from Nebraska. Reynolds took trips to ASU and BYU before finally pulling the trigger for his hometown college.

"Just Arizona State and BYU and I really didn't have time for the other stuff with all the vacations and all that stuff," Reynolds said.

Coming in at 6'5", 275 pounds, Matt Reynolds, an agile, aggressive and technically sound offensive and defensive lineman in not only one of the top football prospects in the state of Utah, but was also numbered among the elite nationally as one of the top O-line prospects in the country.

"I was All-State three years in a row and a four year starter. I got Gatorade Player of the year this year and Army All-American and Rydell All-American. I've been All-Region since I was a sophomore maybe even a freshman and All-Valley since I was a sophomore," Reynolds said.

Matt Reynolds will follow his two older brothers Lance Reynolds Jr. and Dallas Reynolds to BYU where he will have a chance to continue being mentored by his father who is on staff. So what was it like being the son of a BYU coach?

"Yeah, he's (father Lance Reynolds) really cool about it. He doesn't ever force anything on you. When ever I have a question about anything, I can just go and ask him and he knows the answer to everything. I mean, he's been coaching for around 25 years so there's not like a lot of things he hasn't seen," said Reynolds.

Despite being the son of a BYU coach, his family was willing to let their son make his own decisions knowing Matt would make the right decisions for himself when the time came.

"Oh they're excited and they were completely cool about it and were real supportive. What ever is best for you kind of thing," Reynolds said.

Matt Reynolds will sign with BYU on LOI day in February with the intent of being a member of BYU's offensive line core following a two year LDS mission.

"I should leave on my mission this summer," said Reynolds. "I might get to leave at the beginning of summer so we're not exactly sure what's going to happen yet."

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