As much fun as student-athletes are having out at The Opening in Oregon this week, the competition on the field has been very intense.
For 2015 Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford four-star cornerback Mook Reynolds, his time at the Nike headquarters has been about getting better with every rep and every practice.
“I feel like yesterday was just (about) getting to know the receivers and my assignments,” Reynolds said. “Today, I learned from yesterday, learned from those guys and came out here and performed.”
“I’ve performed really good,” Reynolds added. “Not many balls have been thrown my way and when they have it’s been deflections. A couple of guys made nice plays but if you’re going to catch it you might as well have to work for it.”
“Just the vibe with the coaches,” Reynolds said. “They’re really cool and I could play early there. I think I just fit in with their program and I think that’s the place where I fit in best right now and that’s the place I see myself playing at right now.”
“If I do ever de-commit or whatever the case may be, that school would have to offer a lot for me to de-commit from Virginia Tech,” Reynolds added. “And I’m pretty sure they know that.”
Reynolds said he plans to take official visits to all five of the schools above, though none are currently standing out at this point.
“Some (schools) have been talking to me a lot,” Reynolds said. “I hear what they say but I won’t do anything until I take my visits cause I don’t know much about the schools so I’ll take all five and go from there.”
“Those five schools are all the same right now,” Reynolds added. “I can’t put one ahead cause I haven’t been there so I don’t know much about them.”
Reynolds has been in regular contact with Michigan, specifically with secondary coaches Roy Manning and Curt Mallory.
“Coach Manning is a real cool guy, a young guy, real down to earth,” Reynolds said. “(He’s) cool speaking outside of football and that’s the coach I mainly talk to the most.”
Should one school be able to lure Reynolds away from the Hokies, the four-star talent knows exactly what it’ll take.
“I want to play early when I get there,” Reynolds said. “I want to have somewhere where we win and where defense is a major aspect in that team.
“I want to go somewhere where I can get a good degree academically, good. So, I’m looking for everything in a school I want to end up at.”
Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.