January 11, 2011

Reynolds' arrival delayed

Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley cornerback Jeremy Reynolds was scheduled to arrive in West Texas this week to begin attending classes at Texas Tech, but a winter storm on the east coast has delayed his arrival by a few days.

"Hopefully I'm going to be there on Saturday. I was already supposed to be there, but we've had some storms come through and school has been cancelled for a few days this week so I've been a little delayed," Reynolds said. "I'm trying to get ready for it. I'm ready to get down there and do something that I've always dreamed about. My family has done nothing but support me and I'm ready to get out to Tech and start the next phase of my life."

Like some other early enrollees, this is a plan that was put into place years ago for Reynolds.

"That's been something that my dad has wanted me to do since I got into high school," he said. "We saw a lot of other athletes doing the same thing and we saw how much it benefited them, so it was a plan we put together then. We thought it would be a great way for me to get a jump start on things academically and athletically."

The transition from the east coast to West Texas will undoubtedly be a significant one for the 2011 commit, but Reynolds is taking the adjustment as just another part of the process.

"It's all part of the college experience getting to go to new and unfamiliar places. Me going that far away from home will just give me that much more of an opportunity to focus on school, and hopefully doing what I can to make myself the best I can be."

Reynolds will not have long to settle in when he does arrive, though. With Texas Tech sporting a defense with several jobs up-for-grabs, the 5-foot-9, 163-pounder knows an opportunity to see the field early lies ahead.

"I'm the type of player that likes to take things just one day and one game at a time, so I'm not looking too far ahead right now," he said. "I've been told that I have a really good chance of seeing the field if I come in and work hard to get there. That would be a blessing for sure, but I'm just going to take it slow and try to put in the work Monday through Friday. Then we'll see where I end up on Saturdays. I don't really want to do too much talking, I just want to help my team win."

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