He used to be a Gator.
But junior Danny Reyes is plenty happy to be back home and playing for the University of Miami.
Reyes, a 6-2, 215-pound junior who played his freshman year with the Gators before transferring to Broward College last season, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Player of the Week on Monday after totaling a team-best eight hits, four RBI, four doubles and a two-run home run in the opening series last weekend against Rutgers.
Reyes, who was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 39th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, grew up in Miami Springs and graduated from Mater Academy in Hialeah. He could barely stop smiling after the game Friday, when asked what it was like playing for the Hurricanes (2-1).
“It’s definitely exciting,’’ said Reyes, an outfielder/designated hitter. “It’s a blessing to me. I’m truly blessed to be here and to be a Hurricane. Just excited.”
He started the barrage in the opening game with a second-inning double off the right-field fence.
“The nerves were running a little high going into it,’’ Reyes said. “That’s normal to me. Once I got the first hit I felt right at home. I just felt good, ready to go and just ready to compete.
“Definitely a lot of emotion, just being in the hometown again and just feeling good.”
What did his third-inning, two-run blast to left-center feel like?
“I was just looking for something to drive in that situation and got a pitch up,’’ Reyes said. “It just happenened so quick to be honest. But once I hit it, it felt good and I knew it. Driving in a run to help the team win, that’s what’s most important to me.”
Reyes, who shared Monday’s honor with outfielder Eric Gilgenbach of Notre Dame, said recently regarding the Canes’ goal of reaching the College World Series that “anything less than Omaha is not a good year.’’
“That’s our goal,’’ he said. “Omaha, and Omaha every day.’’
That’s also the goal of another team the Hurricanes will soon be playing: Reyes’ former Gators, who also happen to be the defending national champions.
After UM meets Missouri at Mark Light Field at 6 p.m. Wednesday, it will host the Gators for a three-game weekend series that starts at 7 p.m. Friday.