Five-star linebacker Ryan Reynolds (6-2, 220, 4.7) from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman is one of the many headliners who will be visiting UCLA this weekend when the Bruins take on their cross-town rivals the No. 1 ranked USC Trojans. Reynolds lived up to his billing as one of the nation’s best linebacker prospects as he had a tremendous season on both sides of the ball for Bishop Gorman.
Reynolds was selected to participate in the US Army All-American Bowl and his coach Dave White, who is fast developing Bishop Gorman into one of Nevada’s and the west’s top programs was chosen to the West team’s staff.
On the season Reynolds has racked up 94 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked field goal in 2004.
What makes Reynolds' stats even more impressive is the fact that he almost equaled his junior season stats while playing for a defense that had 75 less plays.
As a junior, Reynolds accounted for 96 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks and one interception.
UCLA has come on strong for the recruitment of Reynolds and are right in the thick of it for his services.
The three leading schools at this time are UCLA, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. Though Ohio State and Wisconsin were in the house last night (Wednesday December 1st). Both schools are pushing hard.
The Oregon Ducks are also making sure that Reynolds knows that they would love to see him in Eugene.
Reynolds has taken 16 unofficial visits since the spring and he may be getting ready to make his decision.
The Bruins may have an ally for the recruitment for Reynolds.
“Ryan’s sister is a big Bruin fan,” Craig Reynolds, Ryan’s Dad said. “She has been rooting for the Blue and Gold for a long time.”
Reynolds is being recruited by linebacker coach Brian Schneider and he will be hosted by Bruin superstar linebacker Spencer Havner.
Schneider is beginning to make a name for himself as a recruiter as he is also recruiting Oak Creek, Wis., four-star defensive end Raymond Henderson (6-5, 255, 4.66).
Reynolds is a member of the Rivals.com “The Rivals100” team and ranked as the nation’s No. 27 prospect at any position. He is rated by Rivals.com as the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker prospect for the class of 2005. Reynolds is also ranked as the Silver State of Nevada’s No. 1 prospect at any position.