LV Bishop Gorman Coach White on Ryan Reynolds

At the recent US Army Junior Combine, we got to talk to many top high school coaches. One who came over and chatted and gave us his business card was the head coach of one of USA Today's Top Ten juniors! We talked to him today -- Michigan is in his top five!.<br><br> (In case you haven't noticed -- recruiting never stops!)

Dave White, Head Coach of linebacker Ryan Reynolds (US Army Combine stats: 6-1 1/2, 215 lbs., 4.65 in the 40, 4.17 shuttle, 29 inch vertical jump, 34 bench press reps.) from Las Vegas, Nev., Bishop Gorman, told us today (Thurs.):

"Good to hear from you. Ryan called Michigan just the other day; he talked to Coach Carr and was offered a scholarship!"

What other scholarship offers does Ryan have now?

"Well, it's increasing by the week. Some of the top schools nationally are Oklahoma, Tennessee, Penn State, Texas A&M. In the West: Stanford, Cal, Arizona State, Washington."

Does he have serious interest in Michigan?

"He does, absolutely. Michigan is one of his top five schools. He's always thought about Michigan. When he called Michigan he enjoyed talking to Coach Carr and Coach English."

"I'd say that if Signing Day were today he'd probably go to Oklahoma. It's the school he's followed the most and he likes the situation there. But Michigan would be a great gig for him. He doesn't know that much about Michigan yet -- I was just showing Ryan and his parents that Michigan was one of the top three public schools in the country."

"We will take an unofficial visit to Michigan on Ryan's spring break, during Michigan's spring practice."

Can you talk about Ryan as a player?

"The biggest thing about Ryan is he's very, very strong, very physical. You saw his bench press results at the Combine (he had a combine-best 34 reps of 185 lbs.) -- and he was actually disappointed in that. He did 42 here at home the week before. But at the Combine he got a little excited, and he did some of them too fast and they didn't count them."

"Ryan is also very quick to the ball. He isn't pure fast, but he has tremendous quickness to the ball. He had the fastest 3-cone drill (6.7 sec.) overall, of all players. at the Combine. His quickness separates him from other big players. He's quick, and has a great motor -- he'll run the quarterback down from the opposite side of the field. He never quits ... thats rare."

"Last year he was Nevada All State, first team. And he was named one of USA Today's Top 10 juniors. He had 96 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, 6 sacks, and one interception for a touchdown. As a fullback he carried the ball 35 times for 393 yards and five touchdowns."

How about Ryan's personal qualities?

"Ryan just has that special something, the burning desire to succeed. And his academics are great: he has a 3.5 grade point, and he's retaking the ACT next month ... he has a 20 but he was sick when he took it and is disappointed with the score."

"Ryan wants to play on a good team -- what's the situation with Kevin Grady?"

Wow -- Coach White is on top of things! When I told him Grady was a Michigan commitment he said:

"Good, Ryan wants to go where there's a good players coming in with him."

And then Coach White gave us an intriguing tidbit for next year:

"We have a top sophomore running back, as you know, and I told you he's a Michigan fan! Hopefully Michigan will decide that Demarco Murray will be a recruit next year! He was a scatback for us as a sophomore, a fast 5-10 or 5-11 kid."

GBW's Scouting Report on Reynolds. To look at Ryan, he has 'good/average' size for a college linebacker. But his quickness and strength amd 'motor' are eye-catching. The activities were 'Combine drills' of course, not a game. But Ryan was a stand-out.

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