Originally created 01/29/97

Jamal picks FSU



Parade All-American Jamal Reynolds announced his intentions to sign with Florida State on Tuesday night.

Reynolds, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker, chose Florida State over Alabama, Clemson, Florida and LSU. Aiken coach Carey Johnson confirmed the news late Tuesday.

He made an official visit to Alabama this past weekend. He has canceled a scheduled trip to LSU this weekend.

"He's tired of traveling," said dad Bill Reynolds of his son. "Me and Diron (Jamal's older brother) are tired of traveling, too."

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden made a visit to the Reynolds home on Tuesday night and sealed the deal. Reynolds, who runs a 4.5 in the 40, had been torn between Florida State and Alabama in the late stages of the recruiting process. Clemson was third.

"I felt like I fit better at Florida State than anywhere else I visited," Reynolds said. "After the visit (by Bobby Bowden) tonight, I made up my mind."

Reynolds will play outside linebacker at Florida State.

The Aiken star made his official visit to Florida State on Dec. 7 and visited Florida, Clemson and Alabama this month.

Reynolds was the only player from South Carolina named to the Parade All-America team and he was The Augusta Chronicle's 1996 South Carolina area Player of the Year. He was also selected to the All-Region and South Carolina Coaches All-State team and was also a second team All-American by USA Today.

Unbelievably, he was left off the South Carolina Associated Press All-State team. He is regarded as one of America's top 50 prospects by SuperPrep magazine.

During his senior campaign, Reynolds recorded 173 tackles, including 99 solos, to lead Aiken to an 11-3 record and a berth in the Class AAAA, Division II state semifinals.

He will become the third Reynolds to sign a Division I football scholarship. Eldest brother Diron played at Wake Forest, while Rashad is a redshirt sophomore at Rice University.

Bill Reynolds played with South Carolina State in the late 60s and early 70s.

Oral commitments are non-binding. National Signing Day is Feb. 5.