For Dayshawn Reynolds, leadership comes naturally
The Atlantic City High School senior led the Vikings to success in football and basketball. The football team finished 8-3 and reached the South Jersey Group V semifinals.
A wide receiver and defensive back, Reynolds caught 50 passes for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns.
On the basketball court, the Vikings finished 30-2 and won the state Group IV title. Reynolds averaged 10.4 points, but statistics do not tell what he meant to the team.
Atlantic City rallied for several dramatic playoff wins, and Reynolds had the uncanny ability to sink a clutch shot each time his team needed it.
Reynolds plans to attend Temple University on a football scholarship.
He may have to go to a prep school first, however. In a telephone conversation last Monday, he spoke about his time at Atlantic City.
On his four years at Atlantic City and how he's grown as a person:
It's been memorable, especially with sports. I was immature as a freshman. I'm pretty much the same person, but I'm more of a man now.
On his relationships with his teammates and coaches:
I grew up with most of the guys on the team. They say I'm the leader on the field and the court. It was like, 'If I can do it, you can do it.' So they followed behind my steps. It's been great with the coaches. They have a lot riding on them. There's no room to have a bad season. They've been awesome.
On his most memorable A.C. sports moment:
I can't say one game when we were down because that was pretty much every game. I would just saying being behind in games in both sports and just coming together as a team and winning out.
On how he first got involved in sports:
My family is full of athletes. There was nothing but sports around.
On choosing to play football in college over basketball:
It was one of those things where whatever came first that's what I was going to do. Football came first, and Temple is my dream school. A lot of people may tell you otherwise, but I like (football and basketball) even.
On where he sees himself in five years:
I want to be in the National Football League (raises his voice hopefully). But I want to be working.
On his ability to come through in the clutch:
This is what you want. You can't say, 'you're the guy,' if you don't have anything to show for it. When it's your time to rise, that's your cue. You want to make that play. You want to stand out. It's no secret or mystery. If you really want it, you'll get it. Whatever it takes.
On classmate Colleen Callahan:
I've known Colleen since I was a freshman, and she's an awesome person - not only in sports but she's an awesome person outside of sports.
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