Doug Reynolds Optimistic About Future

Colerain High School's Doug Reynolds had an outstanding senior season until a blood clot ended everything, but the senior quarterback is hoping the malady won't derail his recruitment.

Doug Reynolds was the point man for the Colerain offense throughout the regular season when the Cardinals went undefeated and qualified for the OHSAA playoffs, but the Cardinal quarterback had his season come to a screeching halt after some swelling in his throwing arm. Reynolds explained further, "I had some swelling in my arm so I got it looked at. They said it was a possible (blood) clot so they put me on medication."

Taking the necessary medication meant that Reynolds wouldn't be available to Colerain for the playoffs, and the Cardinals were forced to move receiver Quentin Sims into the key role. Without Reynolds at the helm, Colerain still managed to win a couple of playoff games before losing to St. Xavier in the regional finals by a 29-14 final score with Reynolds watching from the sideline.

The 6' 2"/197 pound signal caller with 4.6 forty speed would seem to be a good fit for Ohio University's option offense, and the Bobcats had shown some interest early, but according to Doug, a couple of other schools have been showing more interest lately. "Ohio University has been looking at me, but Army offered me. Buffalo wants me to go on an official visit. Army and Buffalo are the two most serious right now."

Doug knows a degree from Army is a very valuable commodity, but he also knows attending school at West Point is more than a four or five year commitment. He has not yet made any decisions about whether he would take an official visit to either of the New York schools, but further complicating matters is the fact that Buffalo head football coach, Turner Gill, has been mentioned consistently as a possible replacement for Bill Callahan at Nebraska.

Reynolds has been a two year starter for the Cards but couldn't tell anyone the first thing about his statistics. "I don't keep track of my stats. It's just not me."

The blood clot robbed Colerain of its quarterback and devastated Reynolds. "It broke my heart. It was my senior year and everything was done, just like that." The good news is Doug says the blood problem should not have any lingering effects. "I take the medication for about another month, and it (blood clot) should be gone. Everything is fine right now. I just couldn't play because of the medication I was on."

Reynolds says his GPA is in the neighborhood of 3.6, and he's interested in majoring in physical therapy with a minor in education.

Cardinal teammate Evan Davis will be attending Cincinnati next year, and Doug has been at a number of Cincinnati's practices and games. He's not sure what interest the Bearcats may have in adding him as a walk-on. "They've talked to me a little bit, but not much." Like just about every other high school quarterback, Reynolds would like to remain at that position in college, but he did also say he would be willing to change positions if it meant a better chance to play in college.

Reynolds is hoping college recruiters realize he is healthy and anxious to continue his career in college.


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