Hokies Commit Mook Reynolds Shines at "The Opening"

Mook Reynolds at The Opening

Preseason events like Nike's "The Opening" give future college stars a chance to make a name for themselves on a national stage, and one Hokies verbal commit seized the opportunity last week.

Mook Reynolds, rated as a 4-star cornerback by the 247Sports Composite, of North Carolina's Northern Guilford High School, and one of the first members of Tech's 2015 recruiting class, shined at the event at Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

"It was really great to see where you stand among the elite players in America," Reynolds said. "It really put things in perspective for me."

Reynolds was one of 162 players selected for the gathering, and he got to interact with his peers from every corner of the country.

"I really bonded with some of the guys from places like Louisiana, Texas, Florida," he said. "I made a lot of new friends and we got to talk about more than just football."

"The Opening" hosted a bevy of top recruits, and Reynolds got the chance to meet some of the top talents in the country, including Hokies target and 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat.

"I got to talk to him a lot, and he's a freakish athlete, but also a really cool guy," Reynolds said.

Reynolds also got to hear from several current and former NFL players that served as coaches for the event, but one stood out above the rest.

"Richard Sherman was just a really interesting guy," he said. "He was so passionate. He didn't have any equipment or gear on when he was working with us, and he still got so into it."

The Hokies commit also took the field himself. Reynolds' team won the 7-on-7 competition held at the event, and he said it was unlike anything he's done before.

"I play a fair amount of 7-on-7 with other kids in my area, but this was nothing like that," he said. "In high school, you can find the weakest link on the team and attack them, but there were no weak links there. You really had to step up."

Reynolds faced off against some top-flight talent in the event, including 5-star wide receiver and Tennessee commit Preston Williams.

"We lost on the first day (of the tournament) on a turnover, which really hurt us," Reynolds said. "But we fed off that and off each other, and on the second day, we won all our playoff games and blew out the other team in the final."

Now that he's back home in North Carolina, Reynolds plans to turn his attention back to the recruiting process. He said he's still firmly committed to Tech, but that won't stop from listening to other schools.

He just picked up an offer from Mississippi after visiting in late June and he plans to visit Notre Dame in September

"They offered me, so I figure I'll see what they have to offer," he said.

But despite the outside interest, he hasn't lost contact with the Hokies at all.

"We still talk all the time," Reynolds said. "Coach Wiles and Coach Gray are always hitting me up."

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Comments

Be part of a solid tradition, DBU, Mook. Bud won't be able to keep you off the field. In 2016, you'll be wearing Maroon and White and playing in front of 160,000 screaming people the first game of the season. There will be much more after that. If that ain't cool....

'80 Grad, beer was cheaper then, so was gas.

Congrats Mook! It sounds like you had a great time and made some solid connections. I love that your team won the 7-on-7. I bet the cornerback play had a little something to do with that! I wonder how you felt you did against the top receivers, since it isn't mentioned in the article..
Can't wait to see you in the O&M bro!

What's Important Now?
The Lunchpail. The Hammer. BeamerBall.
Deal some damage boys

This kid is the next Kyle Fuller. Can't wait to see him causing chaos and on #24/7Lockdown

Let's hope he has three other brothers!

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

"Now that he's back home in North Carolina, Reynolds plans to turn his attention back to the recruiting process. He said he's still firmly committed to Tech, but that won't stop from listening to other schools."

Stay firm, Mook

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

Do you think that it helps that Blacksburg has a Cook Out - which just so happens to have originated in North Carolina?

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

It's a good thing that wasn't there when I was a student; BK Lounge and Jimmy John's were bad enough!

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

Don't nobody worry. Our official TKP bagman, petebuddywilson, is on this.

I have it on good authority (#sources), that pete is en-route to NC as we speak with a half-sheet of Hardees coupons (expires 8/15), a vintage Gumby's Pizza plastic drink cup, and a slightly crumpled poster of the '89 High Techs.

We have GOT this!

^^^ Classic Lulz krak. Well played my friend.

Fortune Favors the Bold

I don't know who your #sources are, but Sweat called dibs on all of my Hardees coupons. I think Mook was in the fold the moment he heard about the High Techs poster, but I threw in a ticket to The Lyric for good measure.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Similar topic of what I just posted above - but we need to introduce Sweat to Cook Out....

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Cookout is possibly my fave burgers (drive thru wise).

True Hokies STICK IT IN!!!

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Fosterball

There are locations in Chesapeake/Norfolk as well. Cookout is alive and well in the 757.

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

Never fear, as long as there is a Chipotle nearby, Petebuddywilson can work his magic.

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.

As I stated in my review, I think Reynolds is a real diamond in this recruiting field. He is a perfect hyrbrid of the skill set that Jarrett and Kyle Fuller bring to the table, much like CJ Reavis in the 14 class. Both can tackle, fill the alley, pursue, and cover.

As more people learn about Mook's skills, the more he will be pursued. Let's hope that he feels VT is the correct fit from a systematic standpoint (it is) and from an educational/experiential standpoint.

Viva El Guapo

Also, again we are so lucky to have outstanding writers covering recruiting like Alex and Mark. This is a wonderful column.

Viva El Guapo

"VT cared enough about a DB recruit to offer him. Let's mail the kid a letter"

- Alabama

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

I can guarantee Bama's letters do not just say "YOU!"

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

They include some cash as well? I kid.

"Give me a fucking beer", Anonymous Genius

Why the down vote? Thank you very little.

"Give me a fucking beer", Anonymous Genius

MP, you're over 200 and climbing. Don't worry about it.

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They say "YOU AND ME!"

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

They just say "Remember me?" with a picture of Nick Saben flashing his National Title rings.

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

You know, if someone isn't paying much attention, the title of this thread could almost be misread "MOONSHINE". You know, I just might dub him that name.

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I'm really looking forward to seeing this guy hit Worsham Field. Hope he made a good connection with Sweat and works the inside angle!