Reynolds Impressed with Michigan

Thursday afternoon GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with the head coach of linebacker <b>Ryan Reynolds</b> from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School. Thursday night GBW spoke with Reynolds himself. He already has a slew of offers, which now includes Michigan.

"I have about 10 or 11 offers already," linebacker Ryan Reynolds from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School said. "I don't really have a favorite but my top five would be Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee, Washington and Kansas State."

Reynolds lists offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoman State, Kansas State, Cal Berkeley, Wisconsin, Penn State, Stanford, and just recently, Michigan. "Michigan offered just two days ago, I've always loved Michigan so I'm excited. I want to go to a school with a great football team and good academics." Reynolds said so far only Stanford and Michigan fit that criteria. He said Oklahoma has been recruiting him the longest and hardest. "They offered me about six months ago and I really like the staff there."

Reynolds recently moved to Las Vegas from Lake Havasu, Ariz., so this will be his first year playing for Bishop Gorman. He is already hitting the weight room preparing for the upcoming season. He said he is planning on attending the Stanford Nike Camp and will most likely attend the Michigan summer camp. It was at last year's Stanford Nike that Michigan first noticed Reynolds. "They saw me at the camp last year," Reynolds said. "It was shortly after that when I began getting letters from them telling me they thought I was a great linebacker and they want me to come to Michigan."

He said he has been looking at depth charts and paying attention to the recruits each of his favorites just signed. "I know Oklahoma just signed a five-star kid, Chris Patterson," he said. "USC has a whole bunch of five-star linebackers they just signed, and Notre Dame signed one, and I think Michigan signed a two-star guy and a four-star guy."

Reynolds said he would like to complete for playing time as a true freshman but will red-shirt if needed.

While a talented football player, Reynolds also excelled in other sports in his younger days. Before GBW spoke with him his father, Craig, said his son was a former National Champion in Judo and a former player on the Team U.S.A. Hockey. "I actually started playing roller hockey since I was 6, then I started playing ice hockey when I was 10, he said. "I traveled with the team when they went to Canada." Those days are behind him now. "I am concentrating on year-round football now," Reynolds said.

Both father and son are stressing academics as a major factor in their choice of schools. The elder Reynolds said he had done some research on Michigan after the offer. "I was really surprised that Michigan is as good in academics as they are," he said. "I would rather Ryan go to and Ivy League school or Stanford, but I had no idea Michigan was right up there. I was looking at one ranking and they were right behind Princeton, so you can bet we'll be giving them a good look."

Reynolds father said that they were leaving the decision up to his son, but Reynolds said, "My coach and my father will probably be the two biggest influences in my decision." He said that he didn't have a favorite growing up, but, "I rooted for Arizona State becaus they were the closest school to Lake Havasu, but I wouldn't consider them a favorite."

Reynolds said he would like to major in Business Finance. He carried a 3.5 GPA and will take the ACT this Saturday. He said he has no problem leaving home to go to school>

Reynolds' Stats: (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., 3.5 GPA/Feb 7 ACT)

To read GBW's interview with Reynolds' coach, click here.

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