Chat Transcript (2/20) - Cliff Reynolds

Chat Transcript from 2/20 with OSU future LB Cliff Reynolds.

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 1:53:25 PM)
Hey guys

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 1:53:32 PM)
hey guys

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 1:54:43 PM)
Cliff you were awful early today

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 1:55:08 PM)
That's a good thing

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 1:55:38 PM)
People usually start to come in right at the start of the chat or a little after though

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 1:55:52 PM)
yeah they are fashionably late

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 1:56:57 PM)
A Marine is never late!

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 1:57:49 PM)
I hate to say it but with me, the question usually isn't whether I'm going to be late... it's whether it will be by 10 minutes or more :(

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 1:58:38 PM)
We have accountability formations 15 minutes early to 15 minutes prior. So if we have to be somewhere at 8:00 we are there at 7:30 just to make sure we are there at 7:45

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 2:00:48 PM)
I think with me the problem would come early in the morning if I had to be somewhere on time.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:01:23 PM)
Then you would hate the Marine Corps Kirk!

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 2:03:01 PM)
I would certainly learn to be on time in a hurry! :-)

OTC (Feb 20, 2003 2:03:08 PM)
are you at OSU already cliff?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:03:30 PM)
No, I should be up there by March 7th.

OTC (Feb 20, 2003 2:03:39 PM)
cool

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 2:04:10 PM)
Have you talked to Aaron Sears Uncle since signing day? That was one weird twist of evets

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:05:05 PM)
Yes it was. I was really let down about that situation. I spoke with him once. It seemed like he did not have a grasp on the situation.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:05:30 PM)
I'm not sure where he ended up

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 2:05:55 PM)
Tennessee

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:06:05 PM)
That's to bad

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 2:07:05 PM)
yes it is

OTC (Feb 20, 2003 2:07:39 PM)
Cliff what coaches have you talked to, and what do you think of them?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:08:28 PM)
I've spoke with Coach Dantonio, Coach Tressel, Coach Fickell, John Hill and heard a lot about Coach Snyder.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:09:02 PM)
From what I've collected so far, I really like Coach Dantonio and the defense he likes to run.

Mike68 (Feb 20, 2003 2:09:03 PM)
Cliff- Any chance you can teach martial arts to your new mates? A lot of techniques would be great for OL, DL and LB's

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:09:41 PM)
I think I could. Don't know if there is a Marine Corps order saying I could not\

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 2:11:24 PM)
Cliff have you been able to do any sort of hitting or pysical contact to try and shake that rust loose?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:13:43 PM)
Hubbard, In the close combat program we teach we do this program called "body hardening" I believe it should be ample enough to harden my body. The next day I always wake up with black blue marks all over my body

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 2:11:28 PM)
Cliff, let's start out by talking about high school... what were some of the recruiting opportunities you had coming out of Lancaster?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:12:07 PM)
I recieved offers by many MAC schools out of state schools Div II and III.

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:13:08 PM)
Just entered, Cliff, I want to say it is a pleasure to be able to talk with you. I was so pumped yesterday listening to you on Bucknuts.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:14:02 PM)
Thank you I appreciate it

Mike68 (Feb 20, 2003 2:13:54 PM)
Cliff- do you see yourself as a Sam or Will backer?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:15:10 PM)
Mike, I see myself in scarlet and grey/ whether that is at sam or will/ I will find a home. From what I've been told I will come in as a Will to start off with behind Hawk

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:15:29 PM)
Have you been able to meet some of the guys on the team yet?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:15:55 PM)
Not really. Not personally. I guess they all know I'm coming though.

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 2:16:11 PM)
Cliff, I don't have a question. I just wanted to say that it's going to be an honor watching you in action as a Buckeye. I hope these young men are able to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from someone that is serving their country. Good luck in all of your endeavors!

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:16:57 PM)
buckaubs, thank you. Maybe as a team we can learn things from each other. There is always knowledge to gain

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 2:17:21 PM)
Very true and very astute.

ybuck (Feb 20, 2003 2:17:19 PM)
Have you been able to talk with the strength and conditioning coaches and begging a program?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:18:06 PM)
Not with Coach Johnson, I have my strength coach from high school I still utilize, he is the best in the business.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:17:40 PM)
Cliff, best of luck this year. Do you think you'll be asked to play special teams early on and would that be something that would interest you?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:18:46 PM)
Heck yeah I'll play special teams. Let ME be the wedge buster!

Mike68 (Feb 20, 2003 2:17:52 PM)
Right now, what is your biggest asset- i.e. Strength, speed, mental toughness ?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:20:13 PM)
Mike my biggest asset in my personal opinion is endurance and mental toughness which come hand in hand

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:18:05 PM)
I know you stated you still have to serve some 90 day period, but when will you enroll?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:19:10 PM)
I will be a full time student. I start school March 27th.

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:18:47 PM)
Hello everyone. Cliff are you on campus yet?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:19:23 PM)
I'm going to be up at campus March 7th

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:19:32 PM)
Cliff, is your attitude as good as it seems or are you pulling our legs? lol

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:20:31 PM)
No leg pulling

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:19:55 PM)
Have you talked to Bobby Carpenter yet? Has he let you know what to expect?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:21:04 PM)
Bobby and I have always been friends but in the past year we have became pretty close. He lets me know what I need to know

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:21:19 PM)
What was it like to speak with Tressel for the first time (I think you stated you were able to speak with him)?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:21:59 PM)
At the practice at the shoe last year before the spring game. It was amazing. He is exactly what people say he is.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:21:36 PM)
Is there a position other than LB you would be interested in playing?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:22:33 PM)
I will play where will be best for the team.

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:21:38 PM)
It has to help having someone you know around.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:23:38 PM)
I think it will help a lot having Bobby around. Sometimes I get anxious and Bobby calms me and reassures me that I'll be fine

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:23:25 PM)
We could use a fullback with your Balls out attitude.

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 2:23:44 PM)
We can use any position with his attitude.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:23:59 PM)
I use to play FB and TE

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:24:14 PM)
Do you have any nicknames us Bucknuts should call you?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:24:34 PM)
I think nicknames should not be self made.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:25:11 PM)
I 've had a lot of nicknames but those where from other places that originated from other guys

Mike68 (Feb 20, 2003 2:24:54 PM)
What is your target playing weight for the Washington game?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:25:44 PM)
250, in saying that I should at least be at 240+

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 2:25:32 PM)
I'm sure Brent Musburger will give you a good one

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:25:36 PM)
I know you stated that you would play anywhere, but is LB your preferred position?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:26:40 PM)
LB is where I feel natural at. It was what my father did (he started 2 years at Oregon) I've been playing it since I could walk.

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:25:51 PM)
Do you have any short term goals....Making the travel squad, etc?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:28:14 PM)
Short term goals..............challenge myself everyday and improve everyday while improving the people around me.

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 2:26:12 PM)
Cliff, did you make it to the National Championship Celebration? What were your thoughts and do you think it will be better next year? :)

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:26:52 PM)
I can't imagine how excited you must be to join the team. Have you got to meet many of the guys yet?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:27:31 PM)
Excited is an understatement. I have anxiety attacks everytime I hear Hang On Sloopy

Heater (Feb 20, 2003 2:27:31 PM)
No question...I just want to tell Cliff that this Air Force man (currently stationed in _ichigan) is proud to have that Marine in C-bus. Go make us military men proud!

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:28:59 PM)
Heater, I appreciate it. For your to just stop by and thank me is outstanding. Thank YOU

Mike68 (Feb 20, 2003 2:28:51 PM)
I saw your electronic 40 time. What is your "everyday" hand-held 40 time average?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:31:12 PM)
Mike, I hate running "unknown distance" 40's for times. I don't like to base myself off that. But the hand helds are usually are high 4.3's 4.4's it's pretty equal. I usually stretch my distance though just to play it safe . So I know I'm running at least 40 yards

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:28:54 PM)
It seemed like a roller coaster ride there for a while before you got released, I can't imagine the emotions you were going through. What was it like?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:31:46 PM)
Gut wrenching. I couldn't eat, sleep, work.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:31:29 PM)
Since there is an opening now that Cie is gone, what's your singing voice like??

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:32:55 PM)
uhh, don't know. I get good practice driving from N Carolina to Ohio all the time. I think I could put one heck of a karaoke concert on

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 2:33:14 PM)
Talk a little bit about what it took to get the OSU coaches' attention.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:34:28 PM)
Persistency! I called, emailed, came to practices. everything. they didn't get interested until they say my size at the practice and my HS game film.

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:33:48 PM)
I have been telling anyone who will listen about you. I have never been in the military, but I am very impressed with your attitude and I think you are going to make a big impression before it is all said and done.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:35:04 PM)
thanks bucknut13. I hope i can help the team

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:35:55 PM)
I played against Bowling Green's Josh Harris in High School and shut him out. I hope to re-introduce myself

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:36:14 PM)
Have you talked much to Coach Dantonio?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:36:38 PM)
About 2 weeks ago at the WHAC.

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:36:41 PM)
Which coach told you they were interested in you walking on?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:37:28 PM)
It really wasn't like that. I told them I was going to be a buckeye and after seeing me and looking at my films they said o.k.

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:37:08 PM)
Does your family still live here? Did that make a difference in your choice of tOSU? You seem like a huge buckeye fan, did your dad playing at Oregon make you think about going there?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:38:24 PM)
They were going to give me a schollie but it was to far from ohio. He grew up on the west coast but lived in ohio.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:38:33 PM)
He was a HUGE Buckeye fan

Mike68 (Feb 20, 2003 2:37:37 PM)
So we're looking at a 6'3" 240+, low 4.4 LB w/ martial arts skills and a marine background. Miami eat your heart out!!!!

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 2:38:44 PM)
You have said that you have aimed for big heights in all this... has the thought of setting a goal of the biggest height of all (the pros) ever crossed your mind, or are you focused on OSU football and a degree?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:39:36 PM)
I'm a man of the babysteps technique. Degree first then Buckeye football after that, we'll see

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:39:05 PM)
Which coach have you been in contact with most? Snyder?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:39:59 PM)
I speak most with Coach Dantonio

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 2:39:28 PM)
Cliff, which game are you most looking forward to next year?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:40:26 PM)
What game? Not sure.... the spring game!

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:40:16 PM)
Who was your favorite Buckeye growing up and why?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:41:28 PM)
Favorite Buckeye? Um, Antoine Winfield, he had a relentless demeanor to just blow up people, that's how I play!

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:40:43 PM)
Where were you during the Fiesta Bowl? Did you get to watch it?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:41:55 PM)
I watched the game in N.C. I had all my buddies at my Apartment down here

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 2:41:48 PM)
Do us a favor and say hi to Derek Morris during the NC State game next year. Preferably as you're running over the top of him.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:42:54 PM)
Yeah, I think about that sometimes. Speaking of NC St. Mario Williams played at the high school in this town. I wish I knew before he committed.

Oh8ch (Feb 20, 2003 2:42:32 PM)
What will you be majoring in at OSU?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:43:50 PM)
I'm torn. Business or Sports Leisure but Jerry Rud. said I had a future in radio after the interview, maybe I'll pursue that.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:44:14 PM)
1460 always seems to have a spot for former Buckeyes!

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:44:23 PM)
Yeah you could have been are personal recruiter there. Can you tell us anything about Sears why he ended up going to the Vols.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:45:32 PM)
I feel that whoever talked the best game would get him. I guess they put up the biggest front. The kid may be huge but he was very young in the mind. Would have definitely missed home

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:45:28 PM)
What will you miss most about the military?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:47:13 PM)
I'll miss the guys around me in the Corps. This is a camaraderie you can't replace. These guys would with out a doubt take a bullet for me. As I would for them. Maybe I can distill this at OSU

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:45:44 PM)
Do you know if that is Sears dad in the running for the Tennessee job?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:46:16 PM)
I have no idea. I don't think so. He only played at a small div III school.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:46:53 PM)
so after you become a big star on the field are you gonna forget about all us Bucknuts??

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:48:22 PM)
No way. I'm a fan just like you all. I just hope that if I do prove myself and earn something you guys don't bump me out by some HS kid. just kidding.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:49:06 PM)
I think it's safe to so you will always be a fan favorite on this site...

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:49:54 PM)
Well the way you guys have treated me is something I will not forget. I hope if i pass any of you anywhere you grab me.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:49:26 PM)
You gonna take #44 from Rob Reynolds or what???

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:50:31 PM)
44 is my number. I just dont want to switch after i get one.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:53:05 PM)
I though about getting the number 36. It seems people are scared to be in the shadow of a legacy. I want to make my own legacy, with all due respect to Mr. Spielman but it's like saying "This is my and I'm my own person."

riverwatchbucknut (Feb 20, 2003 2:49:54 PM)
when will you get into woody hayes to start working out?

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 2:50:21 PM)
Strange situation for you... what if you and Bobby C. ever had to compete for the same spot?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:51:25 PM)
I hope he brings his 'A' game because I'm bringing mine. Just because your friends does not mean you stop competing

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:51:19 PM)
After your first big game and your being interviewed on national tv, can you start out by saying "I would like to say hello to all my friends at Bucknuts.com."LOL

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:51:42 PM)
I sure could.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:52:13 PM)
You say that Cliff and you instantly become my favorite player of all time lol

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:52:36 PM)
Have you found a place to live up here yet?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:53:44 PM)
I have a place in Canal Winchester, it's about 15 minutes from the WHAC

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:53:36 PM)
If he says that, he instantly becomes Bucknuts first hall of famer. What do you think Kirk?

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 2:54:07 PM)
Fine with me!~

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 2:53:47 PM)
I think you'd look great in that number, but that's just my opinion

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:54:06 PM)
I agree Hubbard

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:56:35 PM)
I just want to take this time right now and dedicate this season to my father, he passed at OSU medical on Sept 21st. He loved football and the Buckeyes. His last purchase was a OSU hat he bought at the gift shop, he said he'd wear it at my first game, we buried him with it. This first one is for him. So if you see me looking up. It's for him

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:56:53 PM)
I am sorry to hear about the loss.

Heater (Feb 20, 2003 2:57:46 PM)
Damn...that's harsh. Nothing cooler than dedicating a season to your dad. God bless his soul.

ybuck (Feb 20, 2003 2:55:26 PM)
How difficult will it be to pick up the particulars of Dantonio's complicated defense?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:57:04 PM)
I've almost learned two spots already.

Mike68 (Feb 20, 2003 2:57:08 PM)
I bet that Spielman would give you his endorsement to carry on the #36 legacy.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:57:22 PM)
I plan on getting a hold of him to ask

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 2:57:55 PM)
You sounds like Spielman's type of player. I bet he'd be proud if you wore #36

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 2:58:25 PM)
Just call him up on 1460 at noon, I'm sure he'd be happy for you to wear that number.

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 2:57:45 PM)
Do you like to blitz more or do you like to cover or do you just like to knock people out?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 2:59:42 PM)
I like defense all together. It's brains and the muscle. I look at it this way. As I stand what's behind me is mine. If you get one yard that 's a slap in the face. I will not let that happen. Sorry get carried away sometime

ybuck (Feb 20, 2003 2:58:51 PM)
You have the Spielman mentality and toughness. You are a natural for number 36.

Oh8ch (Feb 20, 2003 2:59:56 PM)
What type of football have you been able to play since leaving HS?

riverwatchbucknut (Feb 20, 2003 2:59:58 PM)
i think you should go with a single digit

riverwatchbucknut (Feb 20, 2003 3:00:03 PM)
i think that alone makes you faster

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 3:00:28 PM)
After listening to Cliff I'm gonna hit the next person that walks by my office...

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 3:00:32 PM)
what river??

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 3:00:51 PM)
I just tackled my boss...:)

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 3:01:01 PM)
You know as soon as you leave carolina to head north you automatically get slower.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 3:01:01 PM)
I've played in the Marines. I made the all marine team. It's like Div III highschool football

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 3:01:07 PM)
Bucknutty, thanks for the laugh, are you going to be the office LB, Terry Tate.

Oh8ch (Feb 20, 2003 3:01:09 PM)
Terry Tate - office linebacker!

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 3:01:35 PM)
I sure am...all faxes need a cover sheet. POW!!!!!!!!

riverwatchbucknut (Feb 20, 2003 3:02:30 PM)
what's you favorite team in ncaa football 2003

riverwatchbucknut (Feb 20, 2003 3:02:35 PM)
and have you created yourself yet?

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 3:03:06 PM)
Um, Oregon. I haven't made myself but all my marine buddies do.

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 3:02:38 PM)
Thanks for the chat Mr. Reynolds. I can't wait to root you on at the Shoe. You're the man!

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 3:02:40 PM)
I just want to thank Cliff for his time and can't wait to see him in scarlet and gray!

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 3:03:24 PM)
I just want to thank all of you and say I will not let you down.

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 3:03:36 PM)
Cliff, it's been great having you on the board. I wish you all the luck and hope you have a great career.

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 3:03:43 PM)
Cliff...all the best to you. I think you are going to be a great chapter in Buckeye Football under Tressel. You seem to be made for the Bucks.

riverwatchbucknut (Feb 20, 2003 3:03:54 PM)
hey cliff i work for the equiptment people over at the whac so i will give ya a what's up

BuckNutty (Feb 20, 2003 3:04:00 PM)
Don't be a stranger on the boards...

riverwatchbucknut (Feb 20, 2003 3:04:02 PM)
april 3rd

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 3:04:05 PM)
Thanks for your time Mrine and I can't wait to see you out there at the Spring Game

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 3:04:24 PM)
Guys, what date is the spring game?

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 3:04:32 PM)
april26

buckaubs (Feb 20, 2003 3:04:40 PM)
Thanks

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 3:05:27 PM)
Thanks guys

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 3:05:38 PM)
Thanks kirk

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 3:05:39 PM)
See you April 26th.

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 3:05:46 PM)
Thanks Cliff! Good chat. We appreciate it!

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 3:06:02 PM)
April 3rd. That's the first day to the rest of my life

bucknut13 (Feb 20, 2003 3:06:16 PM)
Good luck!!

Kirk (Feb 20, 2003 3:07:35 PM)
Thanks again Cliff. See everyone soon!

Hubbard (Feb 20, 2003 3:07:40 PM)
Thanks Cliff

Bucknut27 (Feb 20, 2003 3:07:43 PM)
great chat Kirk.

Cliff (Feb 20, 2003 3:07:51 PM)
Go Bucks. Repeat

ybuck (Feb 20, 2003 3:07:57 PM)
Thanks Cliff and Kirk!!

Heater (Feb 20, 2003 3:11:19 PM)
Awesome...thanks fellas!


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