Bruins Watching Reynolds

The Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive tackle, Deonte Reynolds, is once again being recruited by UCLA and the Bruins have gone to see him this spring...

Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive tackle Deonte Reynolds (6-5, 325), had a handful of Pac-12 offers coming out of high school, but after not qualifying, he was forced to go to the JC route.

After a freshman season with the Comets that saw him rack up 33 tackles with five sacks, force three fumbles and recover two, schools were quickly back on Reynolds.

Reynolds has offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Kansas State, Maryland and Tennessee.

And UCLA, which recruited him out of high school, and USC, which several coaches when they were at Washington recruited him, are back on Reynolds too.

"Coach (Angus) McClure recruited me in high school to UCLA," said Reynolds. "He came by the school already this spring and I think he's coming back again to see me some more. They offered Tak (McKinley, his Contra Costa teammate), and they'd like us both."

USC didn't recruit Reynolds in high school, but many of the current coaches did when they were at Washington and the Huskies were his leader then.

Deonte Reynolds.
"Coach (Keith) Heyward came by the school recently and they still really like me a lot," said Reynolds.

Miami also came by this spring.

"Coach (Jethro) Franklin came by last week and that was big for me because Miami is a great program," said Reynolds.

Arizona State and Maryland are putting in a lot of effort with Reynolds as well as Kansas State.

"I'd say that Maryland and Arizona State are recruiting me the hardest," said Reynolds. "I know I want to visit Maryland and Kansas State. I'm going out to Arizona State during a bye week (November 22nd) when they play Washington State."

Chris Ball from Arizona State is recruiting Reynolds again.

"Coach Ball recruited me a little earlier when I was in high school but now he's recruiting me harder at Contra Costa," said Reynolds.

Reynolds said that the JC route has been good for him.

"It's been a great benefactor for me," said Reynolds. "It wasn't a huge step but it was a big step up from high school. It's helped me a lot. My biggest improvement has come in my footwork and keeping my feet moving on the field. Playing for Coach (Alonzo) Carter is great because he's a good coach with good connections with a lot of coaches. I'm doing better as a student and athlete."

Reynolds said all of his attention is coming on the interior of the defensive line.

"Schools are looking at me as a nose or 3-tech," said Reynolds. "It doesn't matter which one I play. I prefer either of them. I'm suited best for inside and I'm comfortable at doing both. Both are fine with me."

Reynolds is hoping to be done this December, but it would be May of 2015 at the latest.

"I'm doing everything to graduate in December, but if not, it would be next May," said Reynolds. "I'm trying to get out in December so I can be able to do spring ball."

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