Reynolds Intrigued By UMD Offer

Poly Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.) three-star Elias Reynolds, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, spoke to Terps’ defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski and learned he had his seventh verbal from the University of Maryland.

The Maryland staff handed out a couple new offers before spring break March 13, and one went out to an outside linebacker in New York. Poly Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.) three-star Elias Reynolds, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, spoke to Terps’ defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski and learned he had his seventh verbal from the University of Maryland.

“It was kind of surprising really,” said Reynolds, who also holds offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, Connecticut, Buffalo, Wake Forest and Umass. “I hadn’t really been talking to Maryland at all. I mean, one of their [assistant] coaches came up here awhile ago after the season, but I don’t really remember him. But then my coach at Poly, he gave me a call [March 13] and said another coach from Maryland wanted to talk to me.

“It was Coach Dud from Maryland, and he was telling me how he liked my game, liked my film and wanted to offer me a scholarship. He was talking about Maryland and how he thought I’d fit in well there. So it was a pretty cool thing; it was a good offer to get.”

Reynolds said he asked Dudzinski about UMD’s business program, as well as the Terps’ 4-3 defense. The Poly Prep backer went on to say that UMD’s new defensive coordinator explained the scheme as well as the academic standards at Maryland.

“Coach Dud, that’s what they call him there, he was saying how Maryland has a great business school and really strong standards there. He was telling me how Coach [Randy] Edsall is all about your work in the classroom, which is good to hear,” Reynolds said. “Then he was telling me how the creator of Under Armour is a Maryland alum, and also how they had some guys working out at their Pro Day looking to get drafted this year. So he was basically telling me how Maryland is a good balance between athletics and academics, which sounds good to me. It’s something that interests me for sure.”

Reynolds had not spoken to Dudzinski prior to March 13, however. But he said he’s looking forward to staying in touch with him now and learning more about UMD.

“Coach Dud was pretty honest with me, which I appreciated,” Reynolds said. “He was telling me they [Maryland] have like three or four other linebackers they’re recruiting and they’ll take whoever wants in fist. So I understand the situation there. But, you know, Coach Dud sounds like a cool guy and I’m looking to build a relationship with him. I want to find someone I can trust and who will coach me well, so I’m looking to see if Coach Dud is that guy.”

The Poly Prep backer went on to say that he’s “pretty new” with Maryland and isn’t too familiar with the school yet. He’d like to take a visit to College Park, Md., at some point, though he’s unsure if he’ll be able to or not this spring/summer.

Reynolds does know he’ll be at Syracuse and Massachusetts in early April, however. Meanwhile, he has already see Rutgers multiple times, along with UConn and Wake Forest.

“Rutgers, that’s a school I’ve been to a bunch. I was just at their junior day and saw what they were really about,” Reynolds said. “They’re not just about football [at RU]. It’s about family and making connections. And UConn, I visited a friend up there and had a real good time. I really liked the weight room and how the team grinds. Plus I’ve been to Wake Forest too, and their business program stood out. Wake has really good academics.”

For the moment, it sounds like RU has the edge in Reynolds’ recruitment, although the New York linebacker is claiming no leaders at this time. He said he’s enjoyed every visit he’s been on and is open to any new suitors that arise.

“I’m just going through the process for the time being,” Reynolds said. “Basically I want to see what all is out there and what other schools become involved. I’m probably not going to make my [college] decision until after my senior season.”

As for what he’s looking for in a school, Reynolds said the school’s business program is foremost in his mind. He also mentioned the coach-player relationship, the honesty of the staff, and how he meshes with the current squad as important factors in his decision.

Reynolds is coming off a season where he recorded 37 solo tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

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