Junior Defensive Lineman Getting Lots of Attention
After a summer spent chasing rugrats instead of recruiting tidbits, I'm shifting my focus back to the gridiron. Let's start with a look at St. John's, where -- with defensive lineman Andre Monroe committing to Maryland earlier this summer -- junior tight end-defensive lineman Kevin McReynolds is the Cadets' most sought-after player.
Although NCAA rules prohibit colleges from making formal (meaning written) scholarship offers until Sept. 1 of a player's junior year of high school, St. John's Coach Joe Patterson anticipates McReynolds getting plenty of offers when the time comes.
"Maryland leads the list, he likes Maryland," Patterson said. "He texts me every time someone offers him. He's excited about this recruiting process."
At 6 feet 3 and 275 pounds, McReynolds is being recruited as a defensive lineman.
Monroe, who is 6-0 and 285 pounds, committed to Maryland over scholarship offers from several schools in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, including Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) and Akron. Maryland typically gears its recruiting toward bigger linemen, but decided to take the small-but-tough Monroe.
"He's special," Patterson said.
Other St. John's seniors with scholarship offers include 5-11, 200-pound defensive back Charles Brown (Kansas State, Akron, Ohio) and 6-2, 285-pound offensive lineman Kortlan Jackson (South Carolina State, North Carolina Central).
| August 3, 2009; 5:29 PM ET
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