Reynolds brothers to hook up as 49ers

Published 9:47 am Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Despite rewriting the Davie football record book, Chris Reynolds was lightly regarded among college football recruiters during his senior year at Davie in 2016-17. After receiving zero Division-I offers following a 2016 season that saw the War Eagles go 12-2, win the conference and reach the 4A quarterfinals, he walked on at Charlotte, rocketed up the depth chart and became a star quarterback as a redshirt sophomore in 2019.

Even though they play different positions, there are obvious similarities between Chris and younger brother Jack. Chris’ lack of size – he’s 5-foot-11 – turned off recruiters. Jack, a senior receiver for the War Eagles, is 5-10. If Chris was still the fifth-string QB at Charlotte – instead of a saving grace after throwing a school-record 22 touchdown passes, posting the season record for rushing yards by a Charlotte quarterback and putting up the top passing efficiency rating in Conference USA last year – Jack may have struggled to find a D-I opportunity just like his brother.

But the 49ers tapped into the Reynolds genes on Aug. 13, offering Jack a scholarship. Six days later, “Jackie Moon” verbally committed to Charlotte.

Charlotte was Jack’s lone offer. He couldn’t be happier about  the possibility of one day catching passes from his brother. They haven’t had that opportunity other than the back yard; when Chris was a Davie senior, Jack was an eighth grader at South Davie Middle.

Charlotte coach Will Healy went after Jack for his “heart,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

“The day before I committed, I was talking to my family,” Jack told the Journal. “And it was kind of just talking about how there’s no other dream I’d rather have than to catch some balls from my brother – whether it’s in a game or practice. Just to play and be on the same team and learn from him for a year at Charlotte.”

Less than five minutes into his Davie career as a fearless freshman, Jack was in the end zone, reeling in a 25-yard scoring pass from Joshua Hall in the first ever game at the new stadium on Aug. 18, 2017. After leading virutally all night, though, Davie collapsed late in the fourth quarter and lost 20-14 in overtime to Page.

Jack is a mighty mite, tough as nails, with now-you-see-him-now-you-don’t moves as a slot receiver/kick returner. His wizardry was never more evident than in last year’s amazing 37-34 win at West Forsyth. He hauled in a program-record 15 catches against a team that was 7-0 at the time and would finish 11-2. The old record was 12 catches by Ben Ellis in a 40-33 win over Mt. Tabor in 2015. Later in the year, Jack had nine receptions in a wild 49-42 shootout win over Reagan.

Jack said he was in sixth grade when he became interested in receiver. Chris was a Davie sophomore at the time. Their father, Dan, would sling passes. Chris and Jack would pitch and catch.

“Constantly (Chris) forcing me to go outside, catch balls, run routes for him to get better,” Jack said. “That helped me so much. I didn’t realize it, but, gosh, that helped me so much.”

Jack will bring massive credentials into his senior season, which will begin in Febrary because of COVID-19.

• He had 78 catches in 2019, the second-best mark behind Ellis’ 91 in 2015.

• Jack’s 1,049 receiving yards last year rank fifth on the list. Ellis had 1,215 in 2015 and 1,191 in 2014. Cooper Wall had 1,102 in 2015 and Joe Watson 1,085 in 2010.

• Jack is fourth in three career categories, including receiving yards with 1,652. Wall (2,940 from 2014-17), Watson (2,608 from 2008-10) and Ellis (2,522 from 2013-15) hold the 1-3 spots.

• The top four in career catches: Wall’s 187, Ellis’ 147, Watson’s 145 and Jack’s 119.

• And the top four in career TD catches: Wall’s 33, Ellis’ 31, Watson’s 30 and Jack’s 16.

“You don’t hear about that a whole lot – brothers throwing and catching the ball with each other (in college),” Jack said. “To me, family’s bigger than anything. Hopefully, if I do get to catch some passes from him, I can tell my kids 20 years later: ‘Me and my brother played college football together.’ And to me, that’s just huge.”