Nov 1, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster reacts in the fourth quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Back on February 9th, 4-star cornerback Mook Reynolds of Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina became one of the first commits in the Class of 2015 for the Virginia Tech Hokies. At the time, Reynolds was an under-the-radar three-star cornerback that was not being heavily recruited.
However, Reynolds impressed at many camps in the spring and quickly rose up recruiting boards to become a four-star recruit that was getting plenty of offers. However, Reynolds’s commitment to Virginia Tech seemed to be growing stronger with Reynolds being the top player in the Virginia Tech class up until Austin Clark committed.
This fall, Reynolds also seemed to be an extra recruiter for the Hokies with some players including teammate and Class of 2016 running back C.J. Freeman. Even when Ole Miss made a surge, he made the decision to not take an official visit to Oxford and stayed strong with the Hokies.
Once again, there has been another challenger to the Hokies with the Clemson Tigers offering Reynolds a scholarship recently. Now, there is some concern about the Hokies’ ability to keep Reynolds especially after what he said on Twitter.
Usually, recruits that are enrolling in the spring will have a ceremony where they sign their National Letter of Intent early but the fact that it is being called a “final college decision” is concerning.
Mook Reynolds is definitely a talented cornerback as shown by how Rivals has him as the 30th best cornerback, the 247 Sports Composite has him as the 32nd best CB, and ESPN has him as the 45th best athlete. Reynolds is also a nearly unanimous four-star other than the 247 Sports Composite which has him as a highly rated three-star.
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The Clemson scholarship offer has clearly made this a recruiting battle that many Virginia Tech fans were not expecting. This decision date also suggests that Reynolds plans on early enrolling which should give him a chance to earn some early playing time whether that is in Blacksburg, at Clemson, or elsewhere.
Clemson’s defense has improved under defensive coordinator Brent Venables and the fact that the Tigers are producing some defensive NFL players also helps. Clemson also has had its fair share of success over the last few seasons and looks like a potential College Football Playoff contender in 2015.
However, Hokie fans should feel confident as Bud Foster and Torrian Gray are still renowned for developing defensive backs and that isn’t changing any time soon. Also, the Hokies look like a team that could surprise a lot of people next season and have a TCU-like turnaround to make themselves College Football Playoff contenders.
Mook Reynolds is still a Virginia Tech commit right now and while this final decision along with the Clemson offer has made fans a little nervous, there is plenty of reason to be relaxed as Reynolds still seems to very likely stay with the Hokies.