Another Louisiana Native in the Fold

West Virginia's final slots in the recruiting class of 2004 are going fast, and another one was taken with the commitment of offensive athlete Darius Reynaud.

Hanville High School's Darius Reynaud hopes for early playing time in college, and he saw that chance at West Virginia, which led him to give a verbal commitment to the Mountaineers. However, that wasn't the only thing that led him to WVU.

"West Virginia fits me better than other schools," Reynaud told They have a good football program, and they had the best business school. I'm looking at business managment, and that program looked very good."

Reynaud, who chose WVU over Michigan State, LSU and Indiana, was a dual offensive threat during his senior year. He had 280 carries for 1940 yards as a rusher and added 17 receptions for more than 500 yards at wide receiver. He also totalled 37 touchdowns.

Depsite those impressive ground numbers, Reynaud didn't hesitate when asked his position of choice.

"Slot receiver," the productive Louisianina said quickly. "I like receiver the best. I know they lost some receivers this year, so I am going to come in like I can play this year. They have some open spots at the slot, so that's a great opportunity for me."

Reynaud was recruited by assistant coach Calvin Magee, who would seem to have an instant rapport with Louisiana players due to his own New Orleans background. However, Reynaud said that wasn't a big factor in his recruitment - he was more impressed with Magee's caring attitude.

"He's a good coach," Reynaud said with obvious admiration. "He's been with me since the start of my junior year, and stuck with me. What I really like is that he treated me like one of his own kids. He just broke it down with me and told me like it was."

Reynaud, who visited West Virginia for the first time this past weekend, was, like most people, surprised at the splendor of the Mountaineer athletic complex.

"The facilites were a big surprise," the offensive-minded Reynaud said. "I didn't know they had anything like that here. I really liked it as soon as I got off the plane. The mountains were beautiful, and everyone was really nice. The players I met, Quincy, and Rasheed, and Kay Jay, were great. Kay Jay was my host, but a lot of people knew who I was as soon as I got there.

"I had known about West Virginia for a few years, and I have been watching them. Then Coach Magee started recruiting me, and the interest just got serious on both sides."

As might be expected from such an outgoing player, Reynaud isn't worried at all about travelling away from home to go to school. In fact, he's looking forward to it.

"It's going to be a good experience for me," Reynaud said of coming to West Virginia. "I'm looking forward to it. I like the idea of getting out on my own a little bit, and I always wanted to go somewhere different."

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