The most important factor in the recruiting process is showcased at National Signing Day - the final decision. However, there are other variables that hold great importance leading into that decision such as discussing the pros and cons over with family members.
Another important component is picking the brain of someone who has been down that long road leading into signing day while soaking up every piece of information that is offered.
Washington D.C, St. Johns College product Kevin McReynolds returned home from vacation over the weekend. The vacation will be a memorable one for the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder, not only because it took place outside of the states, but also, and more importantly, because of whom he met.
“I just got back from vacation in Europe,” McReynolds informed. “It was great. People were really laid back over there. It seemed like they weren’t about instant gratification like people over here, but I still prefer living in America.”
Ironically enough, one of the most laid back people McReynolds met on his getaway reigned from the United States and coincidently happens to make a living on the gridiron.
“I met Mike Carney who plays fullback for the St. Louis Rams while I was getting a workout in,” McReynolds said. “He is one of the most laid back guys I have ever met. I know a lot of the guys in the NFL have big heads and you would think someone like him who has been in the league for so long would have been the same way, but he wasn’t. He was really down to earth and was telling me how when he was my age he was in the same situation I am in now.
“He was an All-American in high school, had a bunch of college scholarship offers, and he ended up picking Arizona State,” McReynolds continued. “I’m not sure if I’ll do the same, but he just told me to find the right school that is meant for me. He said I should have no worries about that because it will come.”
It is still a guessing game to college coaches as to where the Scout.com four-star prospect will land. Many of the major programs such as Auburn, Michigan, and Ohio State, among others have already extended him offers and now it is just a matter of how soon McReynolds can give each one a look.
Another one of the big-time programs to have offered the country’s 16th–rated defensive tackle will likely receive a visit at the end of next month.
“I have offers in the 20-range including LSU,” McReynolds admitted. “LSU is definitely a team I’m considering. I like how their defensive line really gets after it and I have built a good relationship with coach Haley. We talk like twice a week.
“We’ve been trying to work on a time slot for me to get down there. I know I’m going to Rutgers next and so I’ll probably get down to LSU at the end of May. I’m trying to make my traveling schedule to where it allows me to spend more time at the schools that are farther away.”
McReynolds is being recruited as a defensive tackle and says he would be comfortable playing any of the front four positions as well as tight end as he runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.
According to McReynolds however, the position he is being recruited to play is the least of his interests in a university. Instead, it is more along the lines as to what Carney advised him on.
“I am looking for is a place that has a good business program,” McReynolds explained. “I am really attracted to that. I’m also really looking for a place that feels like home. I’m not going to go somewhere for four to five years that doesn’t feel like home. That would be too rough. If it feels right then it’s right. I can tell people all of the things I am looking for in a school, and none of it matters if the feeling isn’t there. If it feels right then that is the place for you.”