McReynolds's tour began at East Carolina Friday night. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle from Washington (D.C.) St. John's College HS spent Saturday morning at NC State before catching the tail end of UNC's Junior Day later that afternoon.
McReynolds reached Chapel Hill with ten minutes remaining in UNC's afternoon practice.
"I liked seeing how they got after it," McReynolds said. "I could tell that they all enjoy the game of football. And normally some places you'll go and you'll see people loosen up for the game, but you can see at North Carolina the love for the game is strong."
Following practice, McReynolds says he had a long talk with John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach.
"Coach Blake gave me the compliment saying I do some things better than Marvin Austin – that's a big honor," McReynolds said. "Coach Blake also talked about God and just working hard and not to take anything for granted."
McReynolds also had a long talk with Butch Davis.
"He really didn't talk to me about football, which is a relief," McReynolds said. "A lot of coaches these days just want to talk about football and what you can do for the school. But it means something when a coach can just say ‘Hey, we like you for the person that you are, instead of just the athlete.'"
McReynolds will announce his top 15 schools sometime this summer. He will narrow that list to ten schools before the football season.
McReynolds' scholarship offer list includes Auburn, Illinois, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, UNC, NC State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Southern Cal.
McReynolds hopes to visit every school that has offered him a scholarship at some point. Besides the three N.C. schools, McReynolds has visited Maryland, Penn State, and Pittsburgh. His next recruiting trip will be to Rutgers.