Idaho setting up official with desert hoss

THE PROVERBIAL MEAT and potatoes portion of Idaho's recruiting season has as it's centerpiece the official visits to Moscow. One prospective prep hoss with a penchant for dominating the line of scrimmage will make his way to Moscow to take in the silver and gold experience in a few weeks time. Competition for the lad, however, is heating up and particularly from an in-state school.

Starting Sept. 1, college coaches were allowed to initiate phone calls to prospective student athletes. Guy Reynolds (6-3, 314, 5.33) out of Avondale, Ariz., had a "really good" conversation with Vandals' coach Robb Akey.

"I really like them, I talked to Akey for about an hour and a half," said Reynolds. "He just talked to me and about how my game went, asked me if I saw the game against USC, and then he told me what they're building on and that they wanted to get me up on there on an official visit."

The official visit details for Reynolds, who racked up 65 pancake blocks, breaking the school record as a junior, were to be firmed up this week. The plan is for him to come out the weekend of the Hawaii game, held on Sept. 29. (the visit was later rescheduled for Nov. 10)

"The Idaho (call) went really good. I'm actually going to take an official visit down there in a couple weeks...Coach (Steve) Axman is going to call me (this week) and we're going to talk about it," said Reynolds.

Seven other schools have called since Sept. 1 in addition to Idaho, including Arizona, ASU, UNLV and Montana. Reynolds said most left messages as he was only able to talk to two of them -- Idaho and Arizona.

IDAHO WAS THE FIRST and remains the sole for Reynolds, though he said that could change in the near future. The Wildcats in particular are showing increasing interest, the feeling is mutual and an offer from UA is one of his recruiting goals, said the Westview High standout.

"I'd be really interested in one," said Reynolds. "Coach Kish at Arizona, he just said 'I know you haven't heard from us a whole lot but' he told me that they're seriously interested. And just because they haven't called me (as much) doesn't mean they're not interested. They also came down to my school.

"He's said based on how I play the next couple games will (help determine) where they sit with me."

Cal, UNLV and Boise State were others he mentioned as some of those also standing out.

MEANWHILE, ON THE FIELD, Reynolds came out of the gate strong for his senior season, he said. He played just over one half in the season opener and in film study following the game, graded out smartly with a score of 89 from his prep coaches.

"I think it was the best opener I've ever played, I thought I did great," said Reynolds.

He's also improved his strength numbers across the board, including adding 70 pounds to his squat with a new personal best of 600 pounds. Other measurables include a 285-pound clean and a bench press with 410 on the bar.

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