Heels Targeting Reynolds

Less than a month ago, North Carolina surprised Ed Reynolds with a scholarship offer.

"I was definitely excited," Reynolds said of his reaction to the offer. "The Tar Heels are definitely a team on the rise in the ACC and on a national scale. I like what Coach [Butch] Davis is doing up there. It's definitely a school I'm definitely considering committing to."

Earlier in the recruiting process, UNC had shown significant interest in Reynolds, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety from Woodberry Forest (Va.) School. However, its pursuit slowed down until early April.

"It kind of happened out of nowhere – my coach just told me one day ‘Yeah, I just got off the phone with UNC and they want to offer you a scholarship,'" Reynolds recalled. "… Then I called Coach [Charlie] Williams and he said he, Coach Davis, [and] Coach [Everett] Withers, they all sat down, watched my tape, and decided to offer me."

Reynolds has also collected scholarship offers from Duke, Stanford, and Virginia.

Since the offer, Reynolds has been in frequent contact with both Williams, Reynolds' primary recruiter, and Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

"They just see how everything is going and they just want to get me down [to Chapel Hill] and talk to them face-to-face," Reynolds said. "They tell me how they see me in the program [and] if I committed how they would use me."

Most schools have told Reynolds that they are recruiting him as a safety, but expect him to grow into a linebacker. UNC, however, plans to keep Reynolds' extraordinary size-speed combination in the secondary.

"They said I'm like the new breed of safety – bigger [and] strong," Reynolds said.

At Woodberry Forest School, Reynolds has started at safety since his sophomore season. As a junior, he was named to the all-state team at free safety after recording four interceptions – and returning one for a score – and 20 tackles.

Reynolds was also named to the all-state team as a kick returner last season. He averaged 64 yards and scored two touchdowns on returns.

Without visits to all the schools under consideration, Reynolds says he doesn't have a leader and isn't prepared to name a list of favorite schools.

"A visit to a school means a lot in evaluating how much I like a school," Reynolds said.

Reynolds added that if he absolutely had to list his current favorites, it would be a top three composed of Duke, UNC, and Virginia.

Reynolds has visited Duke, Penn State and Virginia. Over the summer, he plans to visit UNC, Stanford, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

After his summer trips, Reynolds will have a good idea of when he'll make a verbal commitment. He says it could come as early as the end of the summer.

"I'm definitely looking at the academic side of the school and its athletic tradition," Reynolds said. "I definitely want a good coaching staff that I know is going to be there for a good while that's going to help build me into a good player. And really [I'm looking for] just a good environment – good campus [and] good people."

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