Reynolds Takes in UNC Scrimmage

Under normal circumstances, Mook Reynolds would have to travel to Chapel Hill to check out a North Carolina spring practice or scrimmage. On Friday, though, UNC brought the scrimmage to Reynolds's town.

"It was a special thing," Reynolds said. "It's rare that a college gets up to your city and I just felt like since I'm being recruited by Carolina that I should support some of my old high school teammates and go down with my family and just have a good time."

That's exactly what Reynolds did, in spite of his verbal commitment to Virginia Tech. The 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back from Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford traveled across town to Grimsley High School to watch UNC's scrimmage.

"I saw the inside of a college football practice," Reynolds said. "I saw what those guys have been working on. I checked out the DB's techniques, the competition that was on the field during the [scrimmage], the way the coaches react. I got a little inside view of everything and I think that was really cool."

In particular, Reynolds focused on UNC's defensive backs.

"I saw how much pride the defense had in themselves," Reynolds said. "When Tim Scott and Quinshad Davis got into it, I kind of liked that. It kind of fired me up. I liked how the defense is not going to back down from anybody – even their own teammates. I liked that.

"Organized chaos is the system that I fit in. I feel like they're showing that with the new recruiting they're doing. So I feel like I'd fit in perfectly with a scheme like that."

A negative of the scrimmage being held off campus was that NCAA rules prohibit face-to-face interaction between UNC coaches and recruits. To comply with those rules, Reynolds remained in the stands during the scrimmage and then called UNC assistant coach Chris Kapilovic afterwards.

"He just basically talked about getting my family down there," Reynolds said. "He asked me if I enjoyed my night. He talked to my mom about a visit. So basically we've got to take a trip down there to talk with them and see what they have."

Reynolds and his parents are in the process of determining what day works best for everyone's schedules for the aforementioned campus visit. In the meantime, Reynolds, sans his parents, will attend UNC's Spring Game on Saturday.

A couple months ago, Reynolds verbally committed to Virginia Tech. However, that hasn't stopped him from visiting other schools, particularly UNC.

"I'm committed to them," Reynolds said of the Hokies. "There's nothing to say about it. That's the school I'm committed to right now. Schools are still recruiting me and I'm still looking to see what they have to offer. If they have something that fits me best, I'm obviously going to do what's best for me. But until then, I'm going to be discussing it with my family."

The biggest threat to Virginia Tech holding onto Reynolds is UNC.

"Carolina and Virginia Tech are really close," Reynolds said. "If I ever go to Carolina, I feel like it would be a good fit for me, but I'm committed to Virginia Tech right now. But the game isn't over yet."

Reynolds is unsure when the "game" will be over. He hopes to have a firm idea of which school he'll sign with well before Signing Day.

A couple of weeks ago, Reynolds visited Virginia Tech for a spring practice.

"It was on my birthday, so it was really special," Reynolds said. "I went up there and watched the practice and talked to Coach [Frank] Beamer. I talked with Coach [Torrian] Gray and Coach [Charley] Wiles. It was really cool and it was just fun."

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