Mook sees Big Orange as program 'on the rise'

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Jamon "Mook" Reynolds has received a lot of attention lately.

The Scout four-star cornerback for Northern Guilford High School out of Greensboro, N.C., has been commited to Virginia Tech since February, but the Hokies will have a number of suitors to fend off for Reynolds' services.

Reynolds, rated by Scout as the No. 36 cornerback and No. 283 overall prospect for the 2015 class, has earned a handful of scholarship offers since his pledge that may have changed things.

Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Tennessee have since each extended an offer to the 6-foot, 170-pounder. Before officially suiting up in Blacksburg, Reynolds says he fully intends to explore these new options.

He says Knoxville is one of the places on-deck for a visit this summer.

"It's a beautiful place. I had been to Tennessee for a camp last year, and I really enjoyed myself," Reynolds told InsideTennessee.

"I enjoyed all the facilities, coaches, just seeing the ‘Tennessee pride,' the fans, everything. So, having that (scholarship) offer I think I can go a little more in-depth with that … Tennessee is a program on the rise, and I want to be able to scope out all they have to offer for me."

During his previous visit, Reynolds connected with one Volunteers coach in particular.

"We were doing 1-on1's, and I think coach ‘Thig' was down there. He was really in to the way that I played. I think he saw my aggression, so I think that got him fired up … I enjoyed myself working with him, taking some pointers from him," Reynolds said, referring to Tennessee linebackers coach and recruiting ace Tommy Thigpen.

Recent overtures from Tennessee, as well as the other programs listed above, provide the North Carolina product much to consider. While many committed recruits merely take visits to "enjoy the process," that does not appear to be the case with Reynolds.

"(When) I had committed to Virginia Tech back in February I didn't have as many offers as I have now. So, you know, I'm basically restarting my process," Reynolds said.

"I'm committed to Virginia Tech, so right now that's the place I see myself at, but with (the new scholarship offers), it's kind of like a fresh start with recruiting."

Reynolds says Virginia Tech's coaches have not discouraged him from checking out different places.

"I think they are pretty supportive of it. They don't say many things about it. At the end of they day, they want what's best for me to happen," he said.

Reynolds expects to visit every school listed above before his senior season is over. He also plans to solidify his commitment to Virginia Tech or elsewhere before National Signing Day.

In July, the cornerback participates in The Opening at NIKE Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., with a majority of the nation's top rising seniors. He's on the Team Apocalypse roster.

As a junior, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder compiled 80 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and three interceptions. He also contributed nearly 900 yards of total offense.

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