Linebacker/fullback Ryan Reynolds (6-2, 220, 4.68) from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman is about to become a road warrior. The talented linebacker from the Silver State begun his trek with an official visit to Michigan a few weeks ago and just last weekend he was in the City of Angels checking out both USC and UCLA.
There is an excellent case for Reynolds to be one of the top ten prospects in the West. How many other juniors do you know that have 13 offers this early in the recruiting season? The list of offers are from a very good group of schools.
Not bad for a young man who is playing in an area that isn’t thought of as a football hotbed.
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Reynolds has offers from offers from Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Washington, Cal, Stanford and Arizona State.
Not a bad group.
“Ryan has begun his spring ball visits,” Bishop Gorman head coach Dave White said. “We just got back from Los Angeles where he visited USC and UCLA.”
“Ryan was impressed with both programs and had the chance to watch USC practice and scrimmage,” White said. “At UCLA he visited with Coach (Karl) Dorrell and linebacker coach (Brian) Schneider. Ryan liked both coaches and the campus.”
“Coach (Pete) Carroll was great as well,” White said. “Very approachable for Ryan and his Dad (Craig). All the coaches including Ken Norton Jr. were impressive.”
“Ryan continues his visits in a couple of weeks during his spring break April 5-9 by visiting LSU, Florida and Miami,” White said. “Ryan also visited Michigan a couple of weeks ago.”
“Ryan is planning to make another visit to Oklahoma during their spring ball as well,” White said. “He will visit Notre Dame and Washington as well.”
“Nebraska is really coming on strong since Callahan took over,” White said. “Its crazy but fun and exciting for Ryan and our program as a whole.”
At this point Arizona State, Tennessee, and Florida State are no longer in the hunt but it is early and until next February anything can happen. Cal is still hanging in there but the Bears trail his two leaders up to this point Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
UCLA, USC, LSU, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Washington, Notre Dame and Nebraska are also very much in the hunt.
It must be stressed that it is still very early in the recruiting process and when you have as many options as Reynolds anything can happen.
Reynolds it is said reminds the OU staff of Rocky Calmus and Teddy Lehman.
Reynolds may not be as fast as those two talented players but he is just as quick. He has been timed in the pro agility drill in 3.88. His current bench is 370 and his squat is 500.
Reynolds racked up 96 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks and one pick as a junior.
Reynolds will also get a long look as a fullback. He rushed for 393 yards on 35 carries and scored five touchdowns.
“Ryan is the most talented player I have ever coached or been around,” Bishop Gorman head coach David White said. “His work ethic and determination to be the best cannot be measured.”
“Ryan is a great leader both on and off the field,” White said. “Along with extraordinary strength, he possesses incredible quickness and closing speed to the ball.”