Reynolds leaning towards Nebraska

After an exceptional performance at the WIAA track and field championships, Victor Reynolds received some "surprising" news from the University of Wisconsin football program. How will this affect his decision?

Victor Reynolds, a standout football prospect and track athlete who led Oak Creek (Wis.) High School to a state track and field championship yesterday, could make a verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska football program by the end of this month, after receiving word from his other favorite, Wisconsin, that he does not have a football scholarship offer.

Reynolds (6-foot, 205 pounds) has maintained throughout this spring that the Huskers and Badgers were his two favorites. During the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association track and field championships this weekend, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal that UW was currently his top choice.

Early this afternoon, though, Reynolds made a phone call to Badger head coach Bret Bielema and received news that he found "surprising."

"He basically made it plain and clear that the offer's not there," Reynolds said. "… I just talked to him about an hour-and-a-half ago."

Last month, Reynolds told Badger Nation that he thought he had a verbal offer from Wisconsin, but that the situation with the Badgers was not clear. On May 21, a Journal Sentinel story stated that Reynolds had "firm scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern."

In a telephone interview this afternoon, though, Reynolds said he has written offers from Nebraska, Minnesota, Northwestern and Illinois. He is also receiving considerable attention from Arkansas, Iowa and Ohio State.

The written offer from Wisconsin that Reynolds hoped to have last month never materialized.

"(Bielema) made it very clear" that he does not have a scholarship offer, Reynolds said. "So right now it is basically Nebraska."

"It is very surprising," Reynolds said of the news from Bielema. "It kind of shocked me in a way. It's something new."

Asked if he was considering attending a camp at Wisconsin, Reynolds replied, "I'm pretty much done with them."

Reynolds could make a final decision by the end of the month.

"Actually I was just about to get real narrow," he said of his college choices. "I was going to talk to my mom and my coach and, I don't know, probably by the end of the month…

"I want to take the visits, but I already know where I really want to go."

Reynolds, a defensive back and running back prospect, later reiterated that he is currently most interested in Nebraska.

This turn of events for Reynolds comes after a sparkling performance at the WIAA track meet. He won the Division 1 state championship in the long jump Friday with a leap of 22 feet, 11 inches. On Saturday he won the triple jump for the second consecutive year (47-1 ¾), placed second in the 100 meters (10.88 seconds) and ran the anchor leg on the second-place 400 relay (42.76).

Reynolds helped account for 36 of Oak Creek's championship-winning 48 points.

"A lot of joy came with it," Reynolds said. "As far as the team, we've all got smiles on our face right now. We're pretty much happy. It was just a blessing that we were able to accomplish the things that we got done this year."

Reynolds was a little frustrated, however, that he was not able to break the state record 48-11 he set in the triple jump last year.

"I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome as far as our team as a whole," he said. "In my individual events, I sort of really wanted to get the record this year (in the triple jump), but I really wasn't put in a position to break it due to the fact that I was doing multiple events at the same time.

"Because around the same time I was running my 100-meter dash, my triple jump was already up. So I was pretty much rusty coming off my jumps."

Reynolds, who transferred to Oak Creek from Bradley Tech in January, did not run the open 100 last year.

"It was a nice experience," he said of competing in the event this time around.

Reynolds said he has considered giving up high-school track after this year in order to concentrate on football. But is going to compete for the Milwaukee Striders track club this summer and he still hopes to compete in track and field along with football in college, if possible.

Said Reynolds: "If I was going to make a decision right now, I probably wouldn't run (high school track and field). But it is just the competition in my head that really makes me want to go out and get the (triple jump) record and be able to go out strong my senior year. So I don't know right now…

"In college I would like to do both but it depends on how everything's going as far as the schedule and the grades and everything. I would love to do both, though. That's my plan."


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