Reynolds an Option at Safety

After taking some hits at safety recently, the position has become one of the most important in MSU's recruiting efforts. GSN caught up with Battle Creek Central's Brock Reynolds for an update on his recruitment after a recent visit to Spartan Stadium.

Brock Reynolds grew up a Michigan State fan and has dreamed of playing for the Green & White since he was a kid.

Recently, MSU was characterized as "Wide Receiver U" for producing a lineage that includes Andre Rison, Derrick Mason, Plaxico Burress, Charles Rogers and Devin Thomas. And that's what drew Reynolds to cheering for the Spartans.

"I always liked that they brought out the tall wide receivers," he said.

State has been recruiting Reynolds as a safety for some time, and now that the Spartans are focused on pulling in some more secondary help after attrition in the position this season, Reynolds has gotten a second look.

He was invited to the Notre Dame game for an unofficial and got a chance to tour the new Skandalaris Center.

He says those kind of facilities really matter to recruits, and knowing he'd have a comfortable, well-designed, state of the art resource for academics and athletics is important.

Before the game, he briefly spoke with recruiting coordinator Mark Staten and secondary coach Harlon Barnett. "They told me to get them some film because they need a new safety," Reynolds said.

And that's what he's doing as he plays his final season for Battle Creek Central with teammate and MSU commit Larry Caper.

"We're doing pretty good," Reynolds told me before a 59-58 triple-overtime loss to Kalamazoo Central this weekend.

In that game, Reynolds produced on both sides of the pigskin, hauling in two touchdown receptions and recovering two fumbles. With play like that, his game film is going to keep college coaches very interested.

Before the game, Reynolds pointed to the Kalamazoo game as one of two difficult games remaining on the schedule.

"We have to win one out of the two to have a good shot at making the playoffs," he said.

In the meantime, it's back to work in the classroom and on the field, where he'll try to replicate his efforts from this past weekend in order to work his way into an MSU scholarship.

"I would love to be a Spartan," he says.

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