Contrary to rumors, dynamic Jay senior quarterback, free safety, wide receiver, etc. Moses Reynolds does not drive the team bus and do the laundry for the Mustangs.
But that’s not to suggest Reynolds, a senior, wouldn’t take on those duties if Jay head coach Gary Gutierrez asked.
One of the most versatile quarterbacks in the San Antonio area, Reynolds already does just about everything else for the Mustangs in his role as a leader on offense and defense. He has been Jay’s starting quarterback since he was a sophomore, and moved into a starting spot at free safety for the first time this season.
Reynolds demonstrated his versatility in Jay’s 54-13 rout of Brackenridge in their season opener last week, completing 6 of 8 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, rushing for 266 yards and two TDs on only 12 carries, and scoring a fifth TD on a 55-yard reception.
Reynolds also was outstanding on defense, finishing with five solo tackles and one “big hit,” as Gutierrez put it, on a Brack running back.
“He’s the best overall kid I’ve ever coached,” said Gutierrez, a 1995 East Central graduate who is in his 16th season of coaching and third at Jay. “I’m looking at some big things from him. He’s a good student and a phenomenal player.”
Reynolds will be back on the field when the Mustangs play at Marble Falls on Friday night.
What makes Reynolds’ two-way performance in the season opener, especially what he did on offense, even more impressive is that Gutierrez pulled him with 10:48 left in the third quarter. Reynolds had just put the Mustangs ahead 47-0 with a 63-yard run when he went to the bench for the rest of the game.
“I think he’s the most dynamic, physical high school football player in the state of Texas,” Gutierrez said after a workout this week. “You’re talking about somebody who can play defensive end and be a top recruit and can play quarterback. This kid can play quarterback, tailback, receiver, defensive end, linebacker, safety.
“You’ll see him this season at tailback. You’ll see him at some defensive end. You’ll see him at some linebacker. He’ll mix it up with a lineman like you’ve never seen. He’s super physical. He’s a freight train. You wouldn’t know that by looking at him. He’s gangly and built like a grasshopper. He’s all legs and arms. He’s the best overall football player I’ve ever coached.”
Reynolds, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, is one of the area’s top college recruits and has received offers from about a dozen schools, including Texas A&M, TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas State, UTSA, Army, Navy, Purdue, and California.
Athletic genes run in Reynolds’ family. His only brother, Josh Reynolds, a 2013 Jay graduate, is a standout junior wide receiver at A&M and his mother, Michele Reynolds, was an outstanding basketball player at Jay in the late 1980s. She went on to play at Odessa College and Old Dominion and is now in her 16th season as an assistant girls basketball coach at Jay.
“I’m just trying to outdo my brother,” Reynolds said with a smile.
Like his brother, Reynolds wears jersey No. 11. But he was quick to note that he picked the number before Josh did.
His mother confirmed that bit of family sports history.
“Originally, it was Moses’ number first and somewhere around Pop Warner time, Josh took it. So they both decided just to keep it.”
Mom has grown accustomed to her sons’ sibling rivalry through the years.
“It’s definitely very, very competitive,” Michele Reynolds said. “The two of them want to one-up each other all the time, and neither one of them wants to finish behind the other. One thinks he’s the best and other thinks he’s the best.”
But sports aside, are the brothers close?
“They’re close until they disagree,” she said with a chuckle.
Moses Reynolds, who has 4.4 speed in the 40 and squats more than 500 pounds, is being recruited as an “athlete” by most schools, meaning he could wind up playing on offense or defense and what position he winds up playing is anybody’s guess.
“I haven’t decided on a college yet,” Reynolds said. “I’m keeping my options open. I’m just trying to see if I can get more offers this year because I’m playing two sides of the ball now, and I’m getting offers from different schools for different positions.”
Basketball was Reynolds’ sport until he started playing organized football as a sixth-grader.
“I stopped playing basketball once I started football because I thought I was better at football,” he said.
Reynolds was succinct when he was asked why he enjoys playing football: “I like contact.”
One of Reynolds’ best qualities is his humility, Gutierrez said.
“He doesn’t brag about himself a whole lot,” he said. “You’ve got to pry that stuff out of him. He’s pretty quiet about stuff, but everybody on our team understands who he is and what type of player he is. He’s definitely the leader of our family on both sides of the ball. We’re going to go as he goes. He’s going to play a lot of football and he’s in shape to do that.
“We’re going to lean on him a lot this season. The great thing is not only seeing him play, but I want to see him develop as a young man. That’s huge. This is all going to come to an end one day. Everybody has a last game, but his growth as a young man will last a lifetime. I want to see that develop way beyond what he does in football.”
Reynolds’ attitude and intelligence make him an exemplary athlete and teammate, and a joy to coach, Gutierrez said.
“He’s very coachable,” Gutierrez said. “His football IQ is real high. That’s why we put him on both sides of the ball. He can figure out things fast. He’s been around it his whole life. With his mom being a coach, he’s had the opportunity, whatever the sport is, to see how things develop. When you grow up like that, you get to understand things faster.”
Reynolds’ mother describes him as a “born leader” who has a personality that draws people to him. But if her son had his way, she said, he would rather blend into the background.
“He doesn’t like the spotlight,” she said. “He’ll lead a group, but he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. When he announces (his college choice), there’s not going to be a big ceremony. He’s going to tell the coach and he’s going to move on. He doesn’t want the attention, but he’ll lead his group. He’s accepted the role. People like to follow him.”
Gutierrez has talked to Reynolds about being more vocal this season and calling out his teammates when necessary. Reynolds said he’s tried to be more assertive.
“I try to keep my team motivated,” he said.
Reynolds does that just by being himself and doing the things he does for the Mustangs.