MOULTRIE -- Former Colquitt County High football coach Mike Singletary answered a question about Sherard Reynolds with a question of his own.
"What DIDN'T Sherard do for us?" Singletary asked rhetorically about the versatile Reynolds, who played wide receiver, running back, defensive back and ran back kickoffs and punts and even held for place-kicks.
That versatility paid off when Reynolds signed a letter-of-intent on Wednesday to play football for Division II national champion Valdosta State University.
Reynolds may initially get a look as defensive back, but as an outstanding runner and receiver, he would certainly like to get a chance to operate in the wide-open offense employed by successful Valdosta State head coach Chris Hatcher and his staff.
The two-time All-Region 1-AAAAA first-teamer and honorable mention All-State player said he considered an offer from Carson-Newman, but the chance to become part of a national championship program close to home where former Packer teammates C.A. Sanders and Curtis Jackson already are on board was too good to pass up.
Over the last five seasons under Hatcher, the Valdosta State program has gone 59-7, won four Gulf South Conference championships, was the national runner-up in 2002 and defeated Pittsburg State 36-31 to win the national championship last season.
And Reynolds, an outstanding center fielder/pitcher, said he was told that he would get a chance to play for the Valdosta State baseball team as well. As the Packers leadoff hitter last spring, Reynolds batted .341 with four doubles, three triples and a team-high 26 runs. He also stole 16 bases and was named to the All-Region 1-AAAAA first team as a junior.
Reynolds will work on a degree in either accounting or engineering while giving the Valdosta State football staff an athlete who can contribute in a number of areas.
But Reynolds said he is more comfortable carrying the ball himself rather than trying to knock someone else down who is carrying it.
"I've played offense all my life," he said. "I think I like it a little better."
His statistics last season are a tribute to his ability to move the chains and put the ball in the end zone.
Reynolds led the Packers in scoring, with 10 touchdowns; in receiving, with 14 catches for 324 yards and seven touchdowns; in punt returns with 10 for 116 yards, including a 54-yarder for a touchdown against Valdosta; and in kickoff returns, with 15 for 291 yards, including a 44-yard effort against Camden County in the state playoffs.
For his career, he caught 53 passes for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had 19 career touchdowns.
The Packers staff was forced to use Reynolds at running back this season and Singletary said he developed into an outstanding blocker.
"He's the best blocking wingback we've had since I've been here," Singletary said. "And you've seen him run the ball. You'd think, that's not going anywhere and when you'd look up, he's got eight or nine yards."
Reynolds could have played quarterback if necessary. He played corner and safety on defense. And in what the Packers called their Camden defense, he played what was essentially an outside linebacker.
"He is literally the most versatile player we've had since I've been here," said Singletary, who came to Moultrie in 1988.
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