Reggie Gandy Gets Recruiting Looks

Reggie Gandy, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back from Minneapolis (MN) DeLaSalle, was one of three Minnesotans to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Combines in San Antonio last weekend. Gandy had an outstanding junior season for the Islanders and has received plenty of recruiting attention, according to his head coach Sean McMenomy.

Reggie Gandy rushed 137 times for 1340 yards (9.8 yards per carry) with 24 touchdowns as the Islanders finished 11-1, losing to Glencoe-Silver Lake 6-3 in the in the Class AAA quarterfinals. The numbers are more impressive when you consider senior Evans Williams rushed 186 times for 2201 yards.

Gandy followed head coach Sean McMenomy from Minneapolis Southwest to DeLaSalle. Gandy, who played alongside brother Greg in the Lakers backfield, rushed 90 times for 649 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.

McMenomy said that Gandy is hearing from a variety of schools.

"He hearing from most of the Big Ten schools as well as Pac 10 schools. He is starting to hear from some of the SEC schools. Most of the Sun Belt schools as well."

McMenomy said that Gandy plans to attend several camps this summer.

"He is going to go to one every day. Notre Dame came through this past fall and visited one junior and that was Reggie. He is probably going to spend a day there and a day at Iowa and a day at Wisconsin. Probably go down to the Southeastern Conference, Alabama or something like that and visit with them. He is high on Oregon as well and they are high on him. He is going to show up for a day, do some drills and show them that he is the person they see on the film and lay the foundation for the decision he is going to have to make next winter."

McMenomy said that Gandy has many strengths as player.

"His balance and his strength are definitely his strong suits. I think that he is impossible to bring down one-on-one. He takes a shot and people typically, bounce off him. It is tough to get a really good shot at him because he has great feet. His lateral quickness is exceptional. He has a 495 pound squat and a 335 bench press. He is a load when he hits you. You are going to feel it as well. Those are his strong suits. His speed is up there as well. His last electronic testing was a 4.51 forty yard dash."

McMenomy said that Gandy is work hard to continue to improve as a player.

"You can never be fast enough. He keeps developing his speed. It is only going to make him a better running back."

McMenomy said that playing for a Class AAA school doesn't worry most colleges recruiting Gandy.

"All the recruiters see what it is all about. An athlete is an athlete. He would be doing the same things, if he was in the Lake Conference or anywhere else. His freshman year, he rushed for over 100 yards and caught for over 100 yards against Minnetonka. Last year against Edina, he put up great numbers. Against Glencoe, he had almost 100 yards (97), carrying three or four guys every time. The level of competition is no big deal. They understand. He has taken hits. His yards after the catch are up there. He has taken hits. He is moving forward. His hands are one of the best parts of him. He catches the ball so well. It doesn't really come into play. I think it is more or less, the big conferences whining about us. We would love to come into their conference and do the same thing, but we are in our conference. We love our conference. We love representing the Tri-Metro."

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