S Ed Reynolds puts Card in top-five

Stanford has secured a commitment from the new, larger breed of safeties who are transforming the football position, landing Daunte Carr two weeks ago. The Cardinal remains in an active pursuit for a second. Standing at 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, Woodberry Forest (Va.) prospect Ed Reynolds fits the larger safety prototype most teams seek these days.

"I think the game in general is transitioning to bigger safeties," Ed Reynolds said. "It used to be a smaller frame, but I think within this generation, you have bigger guys that have speed, can hit, play the coverage but can also come down in the box. I think programs like to have the versatility they get with a bigger safety, and that mindset is taking the game over."

Reynolds is preparing every day to be one of the top safeties in Virginia once again, but he's also enjoying some free time this summer in between his offseason training programs.

"I'm heading down to Vero Beach [Fla.] for the weekend," he said. "My dad has some stuff to do for work, so I'm tagging along and I'm going to chill on the beach. I am also getting the chance to hang out with friends and the family a little bit. My summer has been pretty good overall."

The summer commenced with a cavalcade of visits to three of the five schools to have offered Reynolds. He has previously taken visits to the other two schools, Virginia and Duke.

"I did a lot of traveling early in the summer which was a lot of fun for me," said Reynolds. "All of my visits went really well. I had a chance to go Chapel Hill for a couple of days and then after than I went to NC State for a day. After that I went out to Stanford for a couple of days.

"Every school has their own thing going for them. I could definitely see myself going to Stanford; I loved California when I was out there. I could also see myself in the ACC, staying close to home and family."

Reynolds visited The Farm in late June and attended the Monday Night Football event. The MNF participants caught balls, executed drills and ran through quick one-on-ones. Reynolds admitted that this portion of the visit was unique.

"[Monday Night Football] gave me the opportunity to practice with and talk to some of the 2010 guys who have already committed," he said. "If I did end up going there, it gave me a chance to see who I would be playing with. Stanford is definitely recruiting and getting some good players. I can see that Coach Harbaugh is steering Stanford in the right direction, and it is definitely a place I can see myself going."

Another portion of the visit allowed Reynolds to sit down with the Cardinal coaching staff.

"I mainly talked to Coach David Shaw who recruits my area," he said. "We also sat down for awhile with Coach White, the DB coach, and we got a chance to learn from him. We talked about where he sees me in the scheme of things at the safety position. Overall, the meetings with the coaches went very well."

Through the visiting process, Reynolds said that an additional piece of criteria has crept into the picture when deciding on a school. A bonding relationship with his position coaches is imperative.

"Yes I look at the head coach, but when you are in college you spend a lot of time with your position coach," Reynolds said. "The quick relationship you build in the little bit of time I got to spend with the position coaches was a big deal for me. Because if I end up going to that school, I know I am going to spend a lot of time with that coach, so you don't want there to be any type of tension."

In The Bootleg's first interview with Reynolds, he stressed the importance of finding the right combination of athletics and academics in a program. His summer visits only affirmed this was still a primary factor in the selection process.

"I grew up with the ideology that you can't play football unless you have the grades to do so," he said. "So that is definitely still a high point in my criteria for a school. And for the most part, all the schools I am looking at give me that type of balance. All the schools I have seen get the "check" from me in that regard."

A strong academic school, Vanderbilt, has also expressed interest in Reynolds.

"I think I am going to make it down to Vanderbilt sometime this month," he said. "They haven't offered yet, but are showing heavy interest. It might be a situation where if I show up on campus and they get a chance to see me and I get to meet the coaches, they will offer. Besides Vanderbilt, I am pretty much done with visiting schools."

As Reynolds has been occupied with preparing for his final season of high school football, he hasn't done much whittling down of his offers.

"That's something I really haven't sat down and thought about just yet," said Reynolds. "I am going to do it myself first and then sit down with my parents. Ultimately the decision lands on me, so they are going to give their input, but it will come down to what I want. I will make my decision come late August or early September."

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