Jacob Reynolds is an outstanding student in the classroom.
That should help him as he makes his transition to the college life. The Three Rivers High School graduate to be will continue his academic and football careers with Hope College once his time in high school is done. Reynolds said he has aspirations of being an engineer or going the pre-med route, a decision he has yet to fully complete.
But he’s got options in front of him. Reynolds has a better than 4.0 GPA as he works closer to his graduation at Three Rivers and he’s taken a load of college courses already. This will help him transfer credits to Hope as he looks for a strong start to college life.
Reynolds said once he stepped on campus, he knew Hope was the right place for him.
“It’s kind of funny – everyone says when you know, you know and that describes how it was for me,” Reynolds said. “I got right on campus and loved it there. I love the coaches, the players and the facilities are really nice.”
The situation is a good one for Reynolds. He loves the location of Hope College in Holland, a place that’s far enough away for him to begin his own life, but also close enough to be able to come home and spend time with family and friends. It can be a good give and take and one he is excited for in the coming months.
Reynolds said one of the tougher decisions he’s made was between football and wrestling at the next level. Reynolds finished his senior campaign as First Team All-State on the wrestling mats for Division 3, but said the love for football was one he could not ignore.
“This time last year, I thought for sure I was going to wrestle,” Reynolds said. “But my senior season sparked my love for football wide open, so I just kind of knew I wanted to play football again.”
Reynolds said he does his best to stay busy while being outside of the classroom or on the field of play. He’s been wrestling and playing football since he was four years old, so staying busy has never been a problem. The addition of hard work and dedication in the classroom have helped with his time management skills and preparation for the college life as well.
“I’m just taking it day-by-day, trying to get better as best I can,” he said.
A two-way player in high school like many gifted athletes, Reynolds said he was recruited to play on the defensive side of the football. That’s just fine with him, because he loves to hit people and make tackles.
“Every play you can physically impose your will on somebody, so that’s nice,” he said. “It’s a team sport, too. So you have your buddies out there playing with you, which is nice.”
Reynolds overcame a couple of tough injuries during his time in high school as well. Without going into too much detail, the Three Rivers senior suffered injuries to his wrist and leg while being a youngster for the Wildcats. The broken leg, Reynolds said, was the harder of the two to recover from because he had to learn how to walk again and go through his progressions while still growing up as a human. He said eventually he was able to jog and what not, but had to build his leg back up to get it where it needed to be.
He’s just fine now.
And he’s ready for the challenge of playing football at the next level. Reynolds knows as a freshman, he will have to come in and earn his stripes. The Flying Dutchmen were 6-4 last season and won their last three games on the gridiron. But Reynolds said he’s willing to come in and work hard and do everything in his power to find his way onto the football field.
“Anything to get on the field,” he said, noting that he’s a bit nervous about having to prove himself again. But he’s also looking forward to it. “Definitely working up the ladder, hopefully finding the field my freshman year. I only have four years, so I want to find the field as much as I can.”
So as a big chapter in Reynolds’ life comes to a close, another one will open. He’s anxious to get started on that next chapter and pushing himself daily to complete his high school career. Reynolds has taken both AP calculus and chemistry during his time in high school and both classes should transfer to his college transcript without issue. He’ll have more to add to that list as well as taking the advanced placement courses will only help bolster his first year on campus. Reynolds said the calculus course wasn’t as bad because he considers himself a math guy.
“It’s another stepping stone, a new chapter in the book,” Reynolds said. “I’m excited to get that started, but also enjoying my final months here at home.”
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