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April 25, 2013
Villanova has added a third Pennsylvania native to its roster for the 2013-14 season.
Lower Merion High School graduate Darryl Reynolds pledged to the Wildcats on Tuesday, becoming the third member of Villanova's class of 2013.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward, who is currently in a post-graduate year at Worcester Academy (MA), told VUSports.com he picked the Wildcats over Seton Hall, South Carolina and Utah.
"After my Villanova visit I was still going to weight my options but after my last visit [to Utah] I was sure that was my best option of the schools I narrowed it down to," Reynolds said of how he decided on VU. ". . . [Villanova has] great basketball, plays in the Big East [and I will] be around great players and the school . . . they promote a lot of things I believed in."
He also went in-depth a bit more about some of the factors that helped lead him towards selecting Villanova.
"It was a series of little things," Reynolds began. "When I first got there-I never really met Jay Wright-I talked to him obviously, but . . . I heard great things that other people were impressed by talking to him and when I talked to him, the feeling became mutual . . . I remember working out with the team and the team was challenging me . . . I wanted to go somewhere they were going to challenge [me]."
Another aspect that Reynolds liked about Villanova was how straightforward things were on his visit.
"Just the way they dealt with me," Reynolds said. ". . . You like to be wined and dined as a player on official visits, but the fact that they were like, 'This is how it's gonna be. You're going to go out with the guys, you're going to sit with the guys at dinner,' . . . That's what you look for in a school, somewhere where you're not going to be surprised by [anything]."
Reynolds said he did not have any specific order of the other schools he considered. Additionally, he did not exactly tell the Villanova staff before his press conference that he was headed to the Main Line, but thinks they may have gotten the idea.
"I didn't tell anyone officially, it was more of a situation they kind of knew," Reynolds said. "I had talked to them several times before the visit. My coach went up there and a former teammate of mine, Yohanny Dalembert-he's a Villanova target-he went up there . . . I was like, 'Say what's up to everybody.' I [think] they kind of got the feeling."
Reynolds discussed his feelings on having his recruitment come to an end.
"I'm not gonna say I'm glad it's all over, but I'm glad it all fell into place," Reynolds said. "After I was done and after the press conference was over I was in the car and I was like, 'Wow it's all over.' . . . Feels good to move on to the next step. I don't really know how to feel about it to be honest."
The soon-to-be Wildcat has spoken with the Villanova coaches, as well as another 2013 commit, since making his pledge.
"Yes I talked to-actually I had to get my National Letter of Intent from one of the caches," Reynolds said. "I spoke with Coach Jay Wright. I spoke with a lot of people. I spoke with coach [Billy] Lange. . . I talked to another commit who signed earlier, Josh Hart. It was good."
Reynolds elaborated a bit on his relationship with Hart, a 6-foot-5 small forward out of Sidwell Friends (DC).
"He reached out to me via Twitter the day of," Reynolds explained. "He gave me a little shout out or whatever. Me and him started asking what I liked about it, I asked him. Pretty much I had made my decision by that point, but it was good to get a little more support, but he echoed the feelings I already had."
Reynolds said that both he and his mother have signed his Letter of Intent, but he has yet to send it in. In fact, he is thinking that he may well go over to Villanova and drop the papers off in-person.
The three-star prospect touched on when he plans to get to school and start classes at Villanova.
"I have to work all that out," Reynolds said. "From what I understand I think the first summer session starts May 29th. I have an obligation to Worcester, so I may come down and just take a day off for the graduation."
Reynolds added that he thinks Worcester Academy graduation is around June 9. He also talked about what he plans to study at Villanova.
"I plan to major in business and communications," Reynolds said. "I really like Villanova communications school."
Reynolds had two messages he wanted to send to the fans of Villanova.
"Thank you, I think that's the best way to put it," Reynolds said, of the first one. "Thank you to everyone that congratulated me. Thank you to everyone that welcomed me to the organization . . . I'll see you next year."
As for the second, he remarked, "Attitude . . . That's one of the things that's a big deal for me and the coaching staff."
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