With spring officially on the calendar, football recruiting begins to heat up as more and more commitments trickle down. For 2016 Poly Prep (NY) linebacker Elias Reynolds, Maryland is a program that wasn't in the mix in the beginning stages of his recruitment, but has managed to leave a solid impression since extending an offer to the 6'3, 230-pound linebacker on March 12th.
"I was actually pretty excited," said Reynolds. "You know, it was unexpected. I had no idea they were really recruiting me at all. My head coach shot me a text and told me that that coach Dudzinski wanted to speak to me and it went on from there."
After speaking with newly appointed defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski about the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Reynolds is planning a visit to check out what the program has to offer firsthand.
"Well I'm looking to major in business, and Coach Dud gave me a little background of the business school and I'm pretty impressed," said the prospect. "I'm looking to take a visit down to Maryland. It'll be somewhere between now and April 11th."
Dudzinski has not only been advocating Maryland's standout academic programs, but also the new 4-3 defensive scheme that will be implemented this upcoming season. Reynolds feels that he can make an impact in that system, as his high school team Poly Prep (NY) plays in a 4-3 package when called upon.
"I think I fit in pretty well, honestly," he said. "We ran somewhat of a 4-3 at Poly. We're more of a 4-4 school, but we also did have our 4-3 package. I think I would fit in quite well."
Reynolds, the 4th-ranked player in the state of New York according to the 247sports composite, has been recruited primarily by east coast programs. The linebacker holds offers from Buffalo, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Syracuse and Maryland. With those offers, and presumably more to come, Reynolds knows that there is still plenty of time to gain more exposure and time to make the best decision possible.
"I have no top list. I'm still looking for the right school," he said. "There are some schools I'm very fascinated with, but I don't have a top-3 or top-5 currently." Pressed further, Reynolds said, "Wake Forest, Rutgers and Syracuse are the schools that currently stand out. I like them all, but I haven't really narrowed them down into chronological order. They all have their differences that catch my eye."
An early commitment is not probable at this point as Reynolds is still in diligent pursuit of the school that best fits his desires and needs. The Brooklyn prospect is aiming towards a decision midway through his senior season or towards the end of his high school career.
"I know that I might make my decision late, but I don't have a time frame on when I'll make my top list," he said. "It might be late in my senior season or in the middle. I'm not quite sure yet."