McReynolds Keeps it a Mystery

Kevin McReynolds doesn't plan to announce until signing day and says he's still pretty open. "Me and my family will have a sit down and see what the best option for me is," McReynolds said. "I want to go where I can get early playing time and a great education." He's got some new leaders and has cancelled his trip to Oregon. McReynolds expects to announce his decision on Letter-of-Intent Day.

Kevin McReynolds, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound four-star defensive tackle from St. John's College in Washington, D.C., doesn't plan to make his announcement until signing day and says he's still pretty open.

"Me and my family will have a sit down and see what the best option for me is," McReynolds said. "I want to go where I can get early playing time and a great education."

McReynolds, ranked as the No. 22 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, denies a leader but favors Oregon, UCLA, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Syracuse and Maryland. All have offered.

He took his first official visit on Dec. 3 to UCLA. "I can see myself there for sure," he said. "The weather is perfect all the time and L.A. is kind of like the West Coast D.C., only it's more laid-back."

McReynolds only has one question for the Bruins. "I'm waiting to see who the new defensive coordinator is gonna be," he said. "I want to see what kind of defense they plan on running."

He has also taken an official visit to Syracuse. "It went great," he said. "The coaches really care about their players and they made me feel at home.

"They also have a great business school," he said about Syracuse.

McReynolds was originally planning to visit Oregon this coming weekend, Jan. 14, but says he won't be making that trip. "My schedule is crazy right now and I have some things I need to figure out," he said. "I'm trying to coordinate all the trips this month and set some up."

He says that he'd still like to visit Oregon if time permits.

The Ducks have been in McReynolds' top five since before their stellar undefeated season and spot in the national championship game. "I thought the game was pretty good," he said about the national championship against Auburn. "I guess it came down to preparation and Auburn just wanted it more.

"But I love how Oregon plays and their style," he said about he Ducks.

New to McReynolds' top five are Mississippi State and Kansas State.

"Mississippi State has got a lot of positive things going for them right now," he said.

"I really like (defensive coordinator) Chris Cosh at K-State," he said about the Wildcats. "He's really cool and was actually the first coach to offer me when he was still at Maryland (Cosh was the defensive coordinator for the ‘Terps before joining Kansas State in 2009). We have a very close relationship."

Speaking of Maryland, McReynolds says the ‘Terps are still in the picture, but admits he was surprised by the firing of head coach Ralph Friedgen. "That was very unexpected," he said. "It came out of left field. But Maryland is my home school, so I'm still thinking about them."

McReynolds says he doesn't know much about new ‘Terps coach Randy Edsall, formerly of Connecticut. "I know coach Edsall came from UConn and did good there," he said. "But I keep hearing from people that he's not a Maryland guy. Of course, I don't know him and haven't met him yet, so I can't say anything about him."

He will have a press conference on signing day to announce decision.

McReynolds reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 18 ACT.


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