Pack in the Mix for McReynolds

Pack Pride has the latest on four-star defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds and his interest in NC State.

Kevin McReynolds is one of NC State's top targets from the current crop of high school juniors, and the talented young man recently spoke with Pack Pride.

At 6-3 and 255 pounds, McReynolds is what you might refer to as a jumbo athlete. He has the size to play anywhere along the defensive line, but he can also move in open space.

That versatility, along with his rare combination of athleticism and strength, make him an intriguing prospect, and largely explain why he has picked up offers from several schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference and beyond.

"I'm definitely going to be heading to North Carolina, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh in the near future," McReynolds told Pack Pride. "I definitely want to do that. I've been to Maryland, and North Carolina, Maryland and NC State were the first schools to offer me. I'll give them the closest look."

That doesn't mean they are McReynolds' favorites. He told us that he knows there is pressure to narrow his list to five or ten schools by a certain time, but he doesn't anticipate doing that until the midway point in his senior season. Until then he just plans on building relationships with coaches and gathering as much information as he can.

Because NC State offered him so early he has a pretty good idea of what the Pack is all about. What did McReynolds have to say about NC State?

"I'm pretty high on NC State because it's somewhere I could go and play early," he said. "I love the coaches, and my position coach (Keith Willis) is the one that recruits me. I like him a lot.

"I'll be looking at academics when I'm choosing a school. Do I feel at home? Is it somewhere I can play early? Is it a school I can succeed at? Is it what's best for me? Do I have a chance to win a national championship? Not everything's about winning a national championship, but if I could go somewhere and win an ACC championship or a Pac Ten championship that'd be fine with me. I also want a school that has a good following."

McReynolds said location will not be a problem for him, and he will consider schools as far west as USC, Oregon, Cal, Boise State
and Arizona.

He also said that those closest to him are respecting his desire to remain impartial for the time being, and his family and friends are refraining from pushing him to any school in particular.

"Every school has a fair shot at getting me," he said. "It's really right now at the point where I'm just gathering information about schools."

McReynolds is rated a four star prospect by

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