Big Red Already a True Spartan at Heart

Head coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State coaching staff search for high quality student-athletes, and there is perhaps no better example of the kind of outstanding young man they recruit than Lansing Sexton's Micajah Reynolds. GSN, who will bring you footage of Mr. Reynolds in action against undefeated Jackson Northwest, caught up with the well spoken Spartan commit.

Micajah Reynolds is the kind of student-athlete that impresses as much off the field as he does between the stripes — and that's saying a lot considering the pounding he puts on opponents as an offensive lineman.

The first thing you notice is his politeness (he calls me Mr. Torok) and how well spoken he is. He is an articulate speaker and demonstrates an ability to think through his answers, a skill not every teenager possesses.

And that makes him an exceptional representative of Michigan State, the program he has pledged his services to as an interior offensive lineman.

Reynolds has been to both Spartan home games this season, assisting recruits with campus navigation and answering questions or offering information. It's not his job to recruit, but he lets his peers know what they can expect from the Spartan program.

"I try to get to know any of my future teammates," he said. "I don't really try to get into the recruiting of other players. If I do get a chance to meet them, I tell them to take their time, make sure it's the right place for you, and, of course, tell them about all the great things about State and everything, and how great it is to have the recruitment over with."

Reynold's echoes Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio's recruiting style.

"You really don't want to pressure anybody into anything at all. It's really just trying to make them feel more relaxed and have a good time. The recruiting process is very stressful as it is."

Reynolds said that very same treatment he received from the MSU staff was much appreciated and contributed to his early decision.

"It was definitely a great experience for me because I wasn't pressured into anything, whereas other schools, when you go down there, they make all these offers of what can go on, not saying that that happened to me specifically, just in general, get into a lot of different things, into a lot of pressure."

Last week, Reynolds' Sexton squad lost a close game to St. John's in one of the biggest Lansing area games of the season.

"I give it up to St. John's, they played really well. It was a good fight all around," he said. "It was a great experience for us, even in the loss."

Reynolds braved the rain against Florida Atlantic, and although the weather was tamer north of Lansing the night before, he still made some adjustments.

"Before the game I switched out my old spikes in my cleats and put some new ones in, just trying to make sure I had as much traction as possible," he said.

This evening, GSN will be at Sexton's Ed Majdeski Stadium to catch Reynolds in action as his Big Reds take on undefeated Jackson Northwest. And Reynolds will be at Spartan Stadium tomorrow for the big showdown against Notre Dame, meeting and greeting recruits, telling them what Spartan football is all about.

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