Three-Star LB Talks Rutgers Visit

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep three-star linebacker Elias Reynolds returned to Rutgers Saturday for an unofficial visit and sideline view of a spring practice. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound linebacker spoke with Scout after his return home to break it all down.

It was a high-intensity practice for Rutgers football when the pads went on for the first time in spring. That was a welcome site for Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep three-star linebacker Elias Reynolds.

Reynolds visited Rutgers, and enjoyed the sights of helmets cracking from within the Scarlet Knights indoor facility.

“What I liked specifically was that practice was pretty intense,” Reynolds said. “Family and tradition is more than something they preach. It’s a part of their community. … I’ll remember seeing some of those explosive hits during practice. Otherwise, Rutgers has always treated me the same and that’s good.”

Reynolds returned to Rutgers for the first time since a junior day visit. He knows Rutgers well with his head coach – Dino Mangiero – as a standout player for the Scarlet Knights. He also has a strong relationship with head coach Kyle Flood, who hails from New York City as well.

“Coach Flood is a great guy,” Reynolds said. “We talk almost every day on Twitter and see how each other are doing. He really cares about his players.”

Reynolds has a visit set to UMass next week, and hopes to attend Boston College and Maryland practices during the spring.

“I would say recruiting is going pretty well,” Reynolds said. “I’m up to seven offers. I’m not in a big rush with anything. I want to take some visits.”

The 6-foot-3, 232-pound outside linebacker has no timeframe for a decision.

“With my decision, I’m not sure how long I’m going to take,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll wait until Signing Day, but if I have to I will. How late will it be? I’m not sure.”

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