North Carolina cornerback Mook Reynolds is a guy who many Georgia fans probably hadn't heard of before he received an offer from the Bulldog staff last week. But you'll likely hear more about the 6'0, 170 Greensboro (Northern Guilford) speedster in the coming weeks and months. For one thing he's picking up quite the string of offers. In addition to the one from Georgia he's also received tenders from Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Duke, Tennessee and Virginia Tech (to whom he is committed).
He's also been turning some heads in 7-on-7 tournaments, like this past weekend's NFA7v7 Championship in Bradenton, Florida. He and his NC Elite teammates made the trip down with a particular goal in mind. "We were eager to come down here, we've been working for it all year long. Every Saturday competing against the best in North Carolina, we're looking to make a name for our state."
The Virginia Tech commit's team didn't win the tournament that brought elite talent to the Sunshine State from across the nation. (UGA commit Rico McGraw was also there with his team). "Competing against the best guys in the nation, the guys you're going to compete against in college, makes you better. It puts it in perspective about where you are with your athletic ability and your skill set."
Reynolds seemed appreciative of his UGA offer, and intrigued by the Bulldogs, but admits he isn't sold on Georgia yet. "I gotta learn more about them" the shifty DB noted, continuing "It's big time. It's the SEC and those first three games of the year are make it or break it for them. They play good competition, they produce a lot of talent, they win a lot. They have two running backs from North Carolina so that's kind of a pipeline."
So how solid is he on his commitment to Virginia Tech? "On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say about an 8." That says to me that he's still committed to the Hokies, but willing to listen to what other schools have to say. With over six months until National Signing Day, there is likely still time to make inroads with him.
On that note, Reynolds already has plans for the summer. "Sometime this summer I'm going to get up to Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Georgia. Those are my most recent four offers." Asked which schools are showing him the most recruiting attention, and whether he has a childhood favorite, Reynolds turns diplomatic, saying only that the attention is "pretty evenly distributed" and that growing up he "liked everybody."
What is Reynolds looking for in a school?
"I want to go somewhere that wins, somewhere where I can contribute to winning. And I want to play early, but I can sit out that [redshirt] year and get bigger, faster, stronger, whatever the need may be. I just want to win."
Take a look at Reynolds' junior highlights. You'll see a guy with a true "next gear" who's fluid in coverage, and could contribute in the kick return game. He's also a physical tackler, and even seems to have the skills to play wide receiver in a pinch.
While the Bulldogs seem to have a long way to go to sway Reynolds, you can probably expect that they won't stop trying. Keep an eye on this one. Until later . .
Special thanks to SBN Recruiting's Bud Elliott who contributed material for this post.