North Carolina has made the recruitment of out of state prospects a big part of their overall strategy with the Class of 2010, and the Tar Heels are hoping it pays off with guys like Ed Reynolds.
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound safety from Woodberry Forrest School in Virginia is the teammate of four-star linebacker Aramide Olaniyan, and both of those talented prospects were at Kenan Stadium to witness North Carolina's thrashing of Georgia Southern.
"I was out there with Aramide and another teammate," Reynolds said as he was on the road back to Virginia.
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"The trip went well. We came down after our Friday game and spent some time with some old friends from school that had graduated. The next day before the game we got a tour and did the Old Well Walk. When I came over the summer they were trying to complete construction on a lot of stuff and now everything looks like. They showed us all the new facilities they've put in.
"We talked to coach (Charlie) Williams, coach (Everett) Withers and coach (Butch) Davis for a little bit and they came out with a big win. That was something they needed coming off two losses."
While Olaniyan was more reserved in his comments on the recruiting process, Reynolds was outspoken.
"They're probably in the top two for me," Reynolds said of North Carolina. "It's them and Stanford. I went out to Stanford for like three days. They had a Monday Night Lights camp thing, and I went out for that. Then I had a full day tour with orientation and stuff."
While the three-star safety from Virginia is high on the Heels and Cardinal, he doesn't want to give the impression that those are the only two schools he likes.
"I wouldn't say I've narrowed it down to those two, but they are really high on my list."