McReynolds Thinks About Summer Trips

Four-star defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds has offers from several schools around the country. There's no limit to where, geographically, McReynolds will play, or at this point, take an unofficial visit to. McReynolds talked about a pair of Big East schools and a number of Pac-10 schools that he would like to visit this summer---all schools that have offered him.

"Pitt will get a visit, and Rutgers will get a visit over the summer," Kevin McReynolds, who is committed for the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game, said. "Oregon, Arizona State, USC, UCLA. I think that's it for now."

The number of schools, the variety of schools and the countless phone calls and e-mails don't bother McReynolds at all. He enjoys the whole recruiting process, and because of that, has a slow and steady plan to narrow his list down to eight schools, possibly by the end of summer.

"I'm still having fun with it, I'm not really stressing too much now," McReynolds added. "Come season time, I'll probably be stretching, trying to make sure I have a top eight by the time the season starts. I think that that's the only way keep sanity. I can't have 50 some schools calling me when the season starts. By then, I have something (his senior season) I've got to focus on."

When it comes to Pitt, he seems to have a good impression of the coaching staff.

"Strong contact," he said about Pitt's recruiting of him. "They're looking at one of my linebackers, Wayne Burden, too. They play a good style of football. It's hard nose, it's a good style of football."

One thing McReynolds has noticed, overall about his recruitment, is the importance of him keeping tabs on all the schools.

"It's kind of been, I'll reach out every now than," McReynolds said. "I guess when schools look at my offer list, they get discouraged if I don't keep contact with them. Lately, I stopped with my contact, so I can see if they're going to reach out to me."

As far as the Pac-10 schools that have offered, McReynolds has been out west as a youngster, too young he says to really remember anything. Oregon, of course, will be one of those visits.

"Oregon, they have great coaching, and their facilities are insane," McReynolds said. "I'm going out there in July. The coaching staffs in the Pac-10, in general, are good. That's the way the conference is."

With recent speculations of teams switching conferences, prospects like McReynolds are following things closely. All six of the schools that McReynolds is planning to visit at this point, are all tied up in these rumors. Here's how one of the most recruited athletes in the country views the daily chatter about schools possibly making a switch.

"Ultimately, it comes down to money, (the schools) don't want to be (left out)," McReynolds said. "It's a different feeling. You look at it, and you're like, ‘If I put myself in this situation, I might not get a ring.' Honestly, I think if it's going to happen, in the situation, (the conferences) are all going to change real fast."

Panther More Top Stories