Woodberry Forest (Va.) Woodberry Forest School safety Ed Reynolds made a commitment yesterday. The 6-foot-3, 196-pounder decided amongst offers from Duke, Stanford and North Carolina.
"I called Coach Harbaugh at Stanford and they were just about to go out to practice," he said. "I told him I wanted to commit and he told me they were happy to accept it. He was like it was great news and I made his day. Now he said I just have to finish up the application process and get admitted. I can say yesterday was a good day for me and my family."
The three-star prospect broke down what made him pick the Cardinal.
"It was just a combination of things, academics are second to none in the nation and the football is on the rise," he said. "Coach Harbaugh is doing a great job and is a great coach. I went out there when they played Notre Dame and talking to the players and people I know, they spoke highly of him. He's a guy I definitely want to be coached by for the next three, four or five years while I'm there.
"The environment out there, I just had a feeling when I stepped on campus. It's all of those things and I like the team too. They are a great bunch of guys. They are all on the same mission to win the Pac-10 championship and get that degree. With a Stanford degree, it's a powerful thing."
Reynolds is getting consideration for both sides of the ball.
"First off they were recruiting me as a defensive back," he said. "After watching my film and the fact I played both sides of the ball this season and earned all-conference and all-state at both positions, they are now open to me when I come to camp at either defensive back or running back."
The decision wasn't a light one for Reynolds who is relieved to be done with the process.
"My decision was something I really took my time with. I didn't want to rush into anything early and regret anything," he said. "I waited to take my visits and fell in love with Stanford. The recruiting process only happens once and I'm happy to be done. Now I can focus and it's like an early Christmas present for me."