Explosive, physical, powerful, fast. Pick'em and you've got Ryan Reynolds. Bishop Gorman, a high school that's prominent in it's own right is debuting yet another prominent player.
The linebacker tallied almost 100 tackles, 10 of those for a loss, caused 4 fumbles and added 6 sacks during his junior campaign. That's just the tip of the iceberg as to why so many schools are clamoring to have Reynolds apart of their team. "He's what any coach could want." Reynold's coach (David White) said of Reynolds. "He's explosive, moves to the ball well, tackles well and he does it for four quarters."
"There's a reason he's got as many offers as he does."
30 offers and counting to be exact, Reynold collecting written agreements from schools like most of us collect our breath. Reynolds admit that he has to sometimes take a step back and breathe a little as well. This kind of deluge just wasn't expected at all. "You never think anything like this is going to happen." Reynolds said of the attention. "It's great, but you don't thinking you are that good or that you deserve all of this."
Oklahoma thought Ryan did and enough so to offer the Nevada standout all the way back into last year, his first written offer as a prep. It's an offer that's stayed with him as THE offer thus far. "I've just gotten to know everyone there real well." Ryan said. "I really like coach Vennables and I've just gotten comfortable with them as a staff."
That comfort level is actually what separates the Sooners from everyone else right now, but as much as Ryan is enamored with OU, he's not ready to think that it will be his only choice for his future. "Oklahoma is the team to beat." Reynolds reiterated. "But, that's right now and as time goes on, I'll get to know more coaches, talk more and who knows. I'm never going to rule anything out, because I still have an entire season to play."
With that thought in mind, there comes a host of other schools that would like to count themselves amongst those fighting for second place if in just the slight hope they can take over the top. Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, Stanford, USC, Nebraska and that's just a few. Count at least 23 more, at least right now that have been calling, visiting and recruiting Reynolds like mad.
The good news for everyone else out there is that Ryan isn't ready to make his decision today. Nope. Chances are, if any decision is going to come from Reynolds, it might have to wait all the way until after his senior year. I am sure the schools other than Oklahoma would like it and fans of those schools aren't complaining either.
As for the off-season or that's what they like to call it, Reynolds has already made his rounds to a great degree this year. Miami, LSU, Wisconsin and Wisconsin, with an trip to Nebraska tentatively scheduled in early June. That's probably just one of many other future unofficial visits he'll make before his last season at the high school ranks finally begins.
It's all good for Reynolds though, because when you have 30 offers sitting in the box right now, the worry is simply gone. "The offers are nice, because I don't have to worry about going anywhere." he said. "I still have to make a choice and that will be tough when I make it, but I can play my year and worry about how we do as a team."
"That's what I am trying hard to focus on right now."
Steve Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-730-5619