ANALYSIS: What Reynolds Does For '09 Class

With their second interior offensive line commit for 2009, Michigan State landed a big time prospect from their own back yard.

EAST LANSING - With their second interior offensive line commit for 2009, Michigan State landed a big time prospect from their own back yard.

Micajah Reynolds, of Lansing Sexton, is a 6-foot-5, 315-pound pushing machine—a good fit for MSU's pro-style offense.

At a recent one-day camp, Reynolds impressed with his ability to move his opponent with impressive strength. Not only does he have the leg drive to develop into a reliable force at the next level, but his ability to finish blocks with tremendous upper body power should allow him to excel on the Spartan line.

That upper body strength will also allow him to maintain leverage over the defender he matches up against deep in the trenches where the action is frenetic.

In Reynolds, strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie certainly has an abundance of young man to mold. Like most young lineman, Reynolds will more than likely redshirt his first year on campus, giving his body the time and attention it needs to develop.

That extra year will be important for Reynolds to strike the right ratio of strength to bulk. Fitness will be key for Reynolds, and working to build his endurance is important for an offensive philosophy that, many times, attempts to win by grinding out the football late in the game.

With fatigue comes the temptation to lean on your defender, and leaning produces an imbalance of body as the center of gravity shifts forward.

Good defenders will take advantage of a winded O-lineman. Driving down the line, a defensive lineman need only a simple club technique as he shifts his momentum up field to beat his blocker and reach the backfield. Leaning and reaching by an O-lineman also gives the defender better vision as he pursues the ball carrier.

To compliment his power, Reynolds will undoubtedly refine his body given time in the Spartan program. And with the assistance of O-line coach Dan Roushar, the technique will come along, too.

If Devin Thomas is any indication, the coaching staff's ability to get results out of kids they believe in is pretty darn strong. When it comes down to it, Mark Dantonio and the coaching staff see in Reynolds a diamond they can chip and polish into a brilliant gem.


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