The commitments continue to come in at a furious pace in the month of August. The latest player to come off the board is Jalen Reynolds. The power forward from just outside the Motor City pulled the trigger today to the school that has long been his leader.
Coming into Wednesday the Xavier Musketeers had two four-star commitments who will play on the perimeter, and they needed a commitment from an interior player to complement them. They got just that when Reynolds decided to pull the trigger and commit to Xavier.
"It just felt like home," said Reynolds of his commitment. "I liked all the guys there, and I liked them from the get go."
Reynolds made his commitment while on an unofficial visit. According to Reynolds he knew pretty much before the trip, but his time on campus sealed the deal.
"I think it was a wonderful visit today," said Reynolds. "Just being there with being all of those guys made me feel at home, and it was a real good visit."
The 6-foot-9 and 210 pound Reynolds sat out his junior season due to transfer rules in the state of Michigan, but a strong showing with the R.E.A.C.H. Legends AAU program in July helped him burst onto the scene and earn offers.
Central Michigan, Dayton, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Providence, USC, West Virginia, and Western Michigan all came through with offers during July joining Detroit and Xavier who offered before the beginning of the evaluation period.
In the end though, it was Xavier who won out. Reynolds earned an offer from Xavier at their team camp, and from there it was a matter of time as the Musketeers held the edge in his recruitment.
"I liked them from the beginning, and they talked to my mom and we talked about it, and I explained to her what I liked most, and she said it is what I want to do, and she was behind me 100 percent," said Reynolds.