New York LB Reynolds Talks Rutgers Commitment

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep three-star linebacker Elias Reynolds joined the Rutgers recruiting class Wednesday morning with a verbal commitment to head coach Kyle Flood. He detailed the decision first with

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep three-star linebacker Elias Reynolds said he started a party in the Rutgers football offices Wednesday morning with a phone call to head coach Kyle Flood.

Reynolds, ready to end his recruitment, verbally committed to Rutgers over offers that included Wake Forest, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

“They were up and ready,” Reynolds said. “They said I made their day. They said their day was dragging until I called. I made their day, their month.”

Reynolds visited the Rutgers campus, an hour away from home, multiple times during the spring. The New Yorker felt at home, he said, with the chance to play for another New Yorker in Flood.

“Most of all, the family atmosphere is why I picked Rutgers,” he said. “It’s not just something they preach. It’ something they support in their facilities and classroom.

“ … They think I’m a perfect fit for their defensive scheme. I think I can bring a lot to their program with not only my talent but my character and my hard work. It’s clearly the perfect fit. All of the times I’ve been to Rutgers, the staff treated me with love even before they offered me.”

Reynolds made his decision with education at the forefront, he said.

“I’m really excited because it’s a lot of pressure. It’s a great education, first off, because I’m looking to major in business and there are some great connections in Jersey being close to New York,” he said. “They’re the Big Ten, and I’m looking forward to winning Big Ten championships.”

At Poly Prep, Reynolds plays for a Rutgers all-time great in former defensive lineman Dino Mangeiro.

“He wasn’t biased toward Rutgers just because he went there,” Reynolds said. “He was really happy for me to go where I would be happy. He’s known coach Flood for a long time, and he trusted him knowing that’s where I wanted to go. He told me all of the coaches are good guys, and they’ll take pretty good care of me.”

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