TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Miami (Fla.) Northwestern three-star defensive end D'Angelo Reynolds has been a part of a bus tour with his teammates that has taken him to schools around the Southeast. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound speed-rush end has enjoyed the chance to see numerous college campuses.
"It is a great experience to see the college atmosphere," Reynolds said. "I am loving every second of it."
The most recent stop for Reynolds and the Bulls was Florida State. They arrived in Tallahassee on Thursday afternoon.
"It was really nice," Reynolds said. "Coach (D.J.) Eliot is a great guy. You can see from the effort and everything he puts into his defensive ends that he is an awesome coach. I feel like I would have a great chance of going to the league here because of how he educates his players and the way they develop players at the position. I feel like that is a great thing and that really boosted my status with Florida State."
Reynolds talked about some of the feedback he received from Eliot and the FSU staff.
"They told me I am a great athlete and that I could do a lot better," Reynolds said. "They talked about improving my technique. I also learned today that it isn't about the reps that I put in but the quality of each rep I do. They talked about what you put into the work you do. I feel like that is a great thing for me to take away from here to help myself as a player."
Reynolds said that he is interested in returning to Florida State for another visit after the tour concludes. He also mentioned an interest in visiting South Carolina, largely due to his affinity for their defensive line coach Brad Lawing.
"I want to go to a school where the coach is committed to making me a better player," Reynolds said. "I feel like Florida State and South Carolina both have that right now."
At this point in the process, despite lacking an offer from the Seminoles, Reynolds has them on top.
"FSU is my number one school right now," Reynolds said. "Coach Eliot is a great guy. He is a great coach and an awesome teacher. I know if I was to come here I would learn a lot and he would help me get prepared and put forth the effort for me to become a great player.
"I really feel like this is the school I want to be at," Reynolds added.
Prior to visiting Florida State, Reynolds and his Northwestern teammates were on a bus tour that took them to LSU, Miami, Southern, Tulane, and other campuses. The trip will continue with a visit to Alabama, according to Reynolds.
Reynolds claims offers from Arkansas, Florida International, Marshall, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee State, UCF, USF, and Vanderbilt.