The “757" area of Virginia has long been known as one of the east coast’s top regions for producing division one football talent. Located in the southeast corner of Virginia, it’s an area where NC State has enjoyed recruiting success in the past and they’ve already targeted one of it’s top rising seniors for the class of 2009.
S La’Roy Reynolds hails from Maury High School in Norfolk, Va and was one of Virginia’s top two-way standouts in 2007. Lining up as a wide receiver and safety, Reynolds hauled in 18 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns while tallying 70 tackles and an interception on defense en route to all-district honors.
At 6-2, 208 pounds and boasting 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Reynolds has been somewhat of a hidden gem on the recruiting scene thus far but that’s likely to change in the coming weeks as colleges make their visits during the spring evaluation period. With his size and ability, most schools currently project the talented junior on defense.
“A lot of them want me to play safety,” said Reynolds. “Most of the colleges haven’t seen me at the camps or junior days so they don’t know how fast I am. They’ve just been going by my film and so they prefer me to play safety. I like playing safety the best, though.”
To date, Reynolds has received heavy interest from Georgia, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Boston College, Michigan State, Syracuse, Illinois, Clemson, NC State and Tennessee. He’s landed his first offer and that was a huge thrill for Reynolds.
“NC State has offered me,” he said. “They’re the only one so far. It was amazing to get it. I was shocked at first because I wasn’t expecting to get it. But when my mom told me, I was happy. I really didn’t know what to say but when I got it, it was crazy.”
The Pack extended their offer back in March and invited Reynolds to attend their spring game this past weekend. He came away impressed with State’s facilities and the turnout by the Wolfpack faithful.
“I really liked the weight facilities and they treated us really nice and made us feel like we were at home,” he said. “I talked to the head coach (Tom O’Brien) and he told me about his coaching style and everything. I mean, it was a good atmosphere. A lot of people came to watch the game and that was what I liked.”
Wolfpack defensive line coach Keith Willis is heading up the Pack’s recruiting efforts of Reynolds.
“Coach Willis is recruiting me,” said Reynolds. “He’s a real down to earth coach. He’s really cool. He told me I’m going to have to work for my position and he’s not just going to give it to me. I know he really wants me to play safety.”
Although still very early in the recruiting process, Reynolds stated he does have five programs he’s keeping a close eye on.
“Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, NC State and Virginia Tech would be my top five,” he said. “Georgia stands out the most right now.”
Reynolds added that he’s planning a return trip to NC State this summer and hopes to camp at Georgia, Clemson and Vanderbilt. He will be at UNC for a Nike Camp on May 2.