Oct 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner (24) rushes the ball against Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) and defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett (34) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
When Mook Reynolds tweeted out that he was making a “final decision” on where he would play his college football, many Hokie fans were concerned about whether Reynolds would stick with the Hokies. Fans also had heard about how Clemson made an offer to the four-star cornerback very recently, and how the Tigers seemed to have gained some momentum for Reynolds since doing that.
However, Virginia Tech’s recruiting class did not lose a single member last night.
Reynolds announced that he was not only staying committed to the Hokies, but that he would also be joining the Hokies in the spring. Reynolds signed his National Letter of Intent yesterday and was announced as one of seven early enrollees for the Hokies on hokiesports.com.
Reynolds has been one of the top commits for the Hokies throughout the whole recruiting cycle as he is ranked as a four-star by ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports while the 247 Sports Composite has him as a three-star. Reynolds has the potential to play safety in college but he seems very likely to be at cornerback especially with the Hokies having plenty of safeties on the roster.
Mook Reynolds coming in the spring definitely helps his chances of competing for early playing time as one of the top four cornerbacks. A strong spring from Reynolds at cornerback would make it a lot easier for the Hokies to move Chuck Clark to free safety where he could thrive.
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Reynolds also could have a chance at being a starting cornerback for the Hokies in 2016 with Donovan Riley gone after next season, and Kendall Fuller likely headed to the NFL after next season due to his top-15 pick potential in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Reynolds will likely be battling Terrell Edmunds, Shawn Payne, and Greg Stroman for playing time at cornerback next fall though if it is close, the Hokies could decide to redshirt Reynolds to preserve a year of eligibility. The fact that he is arriving in the spring definitely helps his chances of getting early playing time.
Charley Wiles has done a great job of helping the Hokies hold on to Reynolds though Reynolds has been an asset in helping recruit other players in the Classes of 2015 and 2016. Wiles will look to use this momentum to make a last minute push for fellow North Carolina recruit and 4-star running back Nyheim Hines who commits today.
Not only keeping Mook Reynolds but also getting him to enroll early is definitely a big boost for the Hokies.
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