Overview: Davanta Reynolds is redshirt senior who played safety for North Carolina Central University. He was named and voted First-Team All-MEAC in both 2017 and 2018. In 2018, he was one of the players selected to the 2018 STATS FCS All-American. He is a good tackler, who has great hands and has a good football I.Q. During his college career, he had 208 tackles, 10 interceptions, 19.5 stops for a loss, and 3 forced fumbles.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Davanta, during which he told me more about his background, his personality and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing North Carolina Central University?
DR: After my state championship game in high school. North Carolina Central has reached out to me and offered me a scholarship so I went up on a visit and liked the school and the coaches as well as the players so I committed and that’s how it all started.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
DR: My strengths would be my IQ for the game and my ability to make tackles in open field and in the box. My weaknesses would be my height and speed as of now.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
DR: My IQ for the game and being able to dissect a play very quickly as well as me having great hands. Secondary players aren’t known for having good hands.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
DR: I think I resemble Malcom Jenkins in a way. I say that because you can put him anywhere on the field and he will produce and get the job done. I just always watch him and he’s one of my favs. He’s really wherever the ball is and we apart of the same fraternity.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
DR: The toughest player I’ve faced against was Corey Davis at Western Michigan.
C: If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you 10 seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
DR: I would tell the scout that I’m a over achiever , make no excuses and I’m accountable.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
DR: When I was young playing at Fitzgerald field. I was scoring all the touchdowns even kicking field goals. I knew that I would be good.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
DR: The most inspirational thing a coach has said to me in my college career that as long as I keep God first and continue to be a leader that I could make it to the next level. That meant a lot because I’ve been doubted since high school playing with former SEC , Pac12 , Big12 , ACC type guys.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
DR: I wouldn’t say I have a ritual but I pray as soon as I wake up like every other day and I’ll still be watching film on my tablet while listening to music. I hate talking on the phone and texting on game day.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
DR: The people that are reading this interview should know that I will one day be living out my dreams and playing in the NFL , while giving back to my community and former high school and park ball team while telling my story on how everyone doubted me up until this point.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Davanta Reynolds for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player. You can check out his highlights here!
Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.