October 26, 2010

Sleeper emerges for OT

Syracuse will lose three of their defensive tackles after this season and that will leave holes that need to be filled up. One prospect that could help the Orange on the defensive line is Kevin McReynolds from Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High.

McReynolds, 6-foot-2, 281 pounds was offered early by the Orange, but some thought Syracuse did not have a shot at the defensive tackle and he was removed from the Syracuse offer list on Rivals. That is not the case one bit.

"Syracuse is one of those schools that I have developed a strong relationship with. I am very high on them. It is definitely a school that I am strongly considering right now. Syracuse is a great institution and someplace where I can get a great education from."

Some may have thought that Syracuse was not going to stick around in his recruitment and McReynolds talked about that kind of perception.

"To me it is not about what is going on right now. Coaching situations happen and I watch that close, but as far as that goes things are always going to change. I think the program was once there and you could say they were an upper tier almost an elite program and some things have happened, but I think they are bouncing back. That is good you like to see that from teams."

At Syracuse the four star defensive tackle has a solid relationship with a former teammate who plays for the Orange.

"My old teammate Antwon Bailey had a good game against West Virginia," McReynolds stated. "We are pretty close. We have talked about Syracuse, but at the end of the day we have a lot of respect for each other. I didn't say anything to him about where to go, he is going to give me his two cents, but we will just have to see what happens as time goes by."

Not only does he have a relationship with Bailey, but he knows other people at Syracuse. He also likes what they have to offer on the academic side and with football.

"I have a lot of friends that go to Syracuse and I am very familiar with the school. Syracuse offers a great education and things like that draw me to the school. From a football standpoint it is a school where I can go in and play right away."

The chance to play early is mainly because of how thin the defensive line will be. That fact is something that McReynolds is well aware of.

"It means a lot. There is a hole that needs to be filled and somebody has to play. It is something that matters, but also at the same time I want to focus on my academics and I kind of want to get used to the system and everything."

As a member of the Syracuse defensive line McReynolds would be able to play multiple positions on the line.

"They said I could play the whole front four. I can use my quickness and my strength."

As far as a visit to Syracuse goes nothing has been set up yet. He has set up three other official visits though.

"I have set up three visits for now, but I will not set any other visits up for awhile. I am going to Oregon, Arkansas and UCLA. The others are going to be after the season. I want to observe the college season and see what's going on."

If a school does not end up getting one of his official visits that school does not need to hit the panic button.

"Just because I don't take an official to a school does not mean that they are out of it. I have that ability to travel outside of my five visits. We will see how things happen and we will see how things arise."

After all of his visits are taken he will make his commitment, but as of now he is in no hurry.

"I probably won't decide anything till signing day."

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