Linebacker <b>Ryan Reynolds</b> and defensive lineman <b>Ekom Udofia</b> had record-setting performances at today's (Sat.) Stanford Nike Camp. GoBlueWolverine was there to cover it for you of course -- and both kids told us they were still Michigan recruits!
Today's Stanford Nike Camp was witness to probably the top two Nike Combine performances of the year.
First, linebacker Ryan Reynolds
from Las Vegas, Nev., Bishop Gorman.
Ryan measured 6-2, 216 lbs. He ran a 4.7 sec. 40 and a 4.4 sec. shuttle. He had an excellent 31 inch vertical jump. And, he set a All-time Nike record 47 bench press reps. (see Ekom Udofian below).
The strange thing about Reynolds -- at 6-2, 215 he doesn't LOOK like he could do 47 reps! He is good-sized, but his off-the-charts performance was due as much to his warrior attitude as his size and pure physical ability.
In the LB vs. RB position drills, Reynolds' performance was probably the best we've witnessed at a Nike combine. In running drills he nailed his RB opponent for tackles-for- loss pretty much every time. In passing drills his RB and TE opponents never got off the line of scrimmage -- Ryan jammed them up every time. Ryan was simply physically dominating.
After the camp, his performance was announced as the top Nike Camp performance ever.
During the day we said hi to Ryan a couple times, and we chatted on and off numerous times with his personable head coach David White, who we'd first met at the U.S. Army Combine.
Coach White told us, "Coach English was at the school this week. Pete Carroll was there at the same time -- a bunch of coaches were. We'd just started our spring practice so everyone got to watch Ryan."
"Ryan is definitely interested in Michigan. He will take one of his official visits to Michigan -- I'm pretty darn sure of that. I'd say Michigan will be in his final top five."
Just as dominant was defensive lineman Ekom Udofia
from from Scottsdale, Ariz., Chaparral.
We walked up to this guy before the camp started -- a guy who looked like a slightly-smaller (and in better shape) Gabe Watson (or a taller Terrance Taylor
) and asked him if he was Ekom, and it was! He told us, "I have not decided on any official visits yet. I do plan to take some unofficial visits in the summer ... and I think Michigan will be one of them. Coach English was in my school, a couple weeks ago."
Udofia measured 6-1, 288 lbs. He ran a 5.0 sec. 40. He had an amazing 32 inch vertical jump -- and he BROKE Ryan Reynolds' all-time Nike bench press record with 48 bench press reps! The guy does not have any fat on him -- he is just muscle-on-muscle.
In the one-on-one DL vs. OL drills, Udofia was scary-good. He just bull-rush-destroyed his opponent time after time, simply burying his opponents deep into the soft sod again and again. His one-on-one turns were the shortest we've ever seen -- he just nailed his man in a split second every time, and he had onlookers whooping with delight.
In fact, with Reynolds and Udofia putting on their 'shows', this was the first time ever at a Nike Camp that the big culminating fan-attraction drill was NOT the QB-WR-DB drills, but the LB vs. RB/TE and OL-DL drills.
Their two performances rank right up there with Chad Henne's PSU Nike performance last year as the most dominating combine performances GBW has witnessed in person.
Photography by Don Hoekwater, GoBlueWolverine Magazine