2010 Recruiting Spotlight: S Ed Reynolds
Yoga and Pilates aren't just for house moms looking to tighten abs anymore; high school athletes are optimizing the physical fitness systems.
"I've been doing Pilates and yoga once a week to assist with my stretching," said Woodberry Forest (Va.) safety Ed Reynolds. "My dad wanted me to get into it so I can keep my flexibility. It has definitely been helping with the soreness after lifting."
Even though summer break has kicked off, Reynolds maintains a strict football regimen. Along with his cerebral exercises, which he says give him elasticity in the hips, Reynolds admits to lifting four or five times a week as well as conditioning every day.
The 6-3, 198-pound Reynolds was an All-State player for the Bengals his junior season after collecting four INTs (one returned for a TD) and 20 tackles while returning four kickoffs (64.0 ypr) for a pair of scores.
Most schools have recruited Reynolds to play safety, but he feels his athleticism can be used on both sides of the ball.
"I don't like coming off the field so I will definitely be returning kickoffs and punts next season," Reynolds said, who holds a 4.51 forty-yard dash time. "I might run the ball a little bit this upcoming season because I did my sophomore year, but in college it just depends on where the team needs me. Stanford and Duke have both said that I could play on the offensive side of the ball."
Reynolds confirmed the possibility of playing both ways is appealing, but isn't something that will be a determining factor in choosing a collegiate program.
Reynolds currently holds offers from a handful of schools. Stanford, North Carolina, Virginia and Duke have extended scholarships while NC State was the most recent offer. Reynolds also said Notre Dame, Penn State, UCLA and Vanderbilt have all expressed interest.
Official visits for Reynolds and his family will begin this week. He has plans to visit the schools of closest proximity first and then traverse to the West Coast.
"At the end of this week I'm going up to UVA," he said. "Then I will be visiting UNC, Duke and NC State. After that I go out to California to see Stanford and try to stop by UCLA."
Reynolds is cognizant of Stanford's reputation and rich history.
"I know (Stanford) is a great academic school and it has a beautiful campus," said Reynolds, who thinks his visit to The Farm is scheduled for June 20. "It is definitely a program that used to be at the top of its game, but then took a fall. It's rising again because of Coach Harbaugh and his staff."
Reynolds describes himself as a "heady" player - a characteristic that fits the mold of every Cardinal student-athlete.
"My knowledge of the game is one of my strengths," he said. "I feel I am the guy that plays smart on the field, makes the right decisions, knows the down and distance. My coach trusts me to call the coverage for our defense every play.
"During spring ball lately I've found myself coming downhill a lot faster so that is something I've improved on. Coming downhill and being aggressive, but not being so aggressive that I take myself out of the play. Just being able to see the field as a whole, and analyzing the situation to make the right decisions."
Reynolds finished his junior year with a 3.70 GPA. He took the SAT in May and reports a score of 1790. Reynolds also spent January through March studying abroad in South Africa.
"It was basically an exchange program," he said. "So I just went to school there and experienced being around a different culture. I was just learning in a new environment and it was an unforgettable experience."
Finding the right college atmosphere is a point Reynolds stressed when discussing what he is looking for in a school.
"First and foremost it has to be the right combination of academics and athletics, and the importance of both at that university," Reynolds stated. "On these visits I am just trying to get a feel of the environments and if they fit me. And lastly the relationship I can build with my coaches."
Reynolds says there is no frontrunner in the selection process at this point. More offers could come through the door, and he doesn't want to rush to a decision until he has visited each school.
"After I take these visits I will sit down and evaluate with my parents, talk to my coaches and see which I think is the best fit," he said. "I don't want to say it is a definite, but I will probably be close to a decision after fall camp which is in the middle of August."
Note: Ed's father, Ed Reynolds, Sr. is no stranger to football. A former NFL player (11 seasons, mostly with the New England Patriots where he was the team's MVP in 1989 so he must know our pal former Patriot and Stanford Athletic HOFer Garin Veris) and the NFL's former Assistant Director of Football Operations, Reynolds recently assumed responsibility as the new Vice President of Security and Administration for the newly-formed United Football League [UFL]. Please note that Ed. Sr. attended the University of Virginia, so we need to keep an eye on the Cavaliers. Even with Chris Badger already in the Cardinal's bag and five-star Sean Parker the "big dog" on the board, it would seem that the junior Ed Reynolds is clearly in the safety mix for the Cardinal along with Daunte Carr and several others.
About the Author: Scott Cooley is a seasoned sports writer who was groomed as a reporter for ESPN.com, and he most recently served as the media relations manager for the San Jose SaberCats arena football team. He earned a Business and Economics degree from Hendrix College where he also played baseball. Cooley has a passion for producing sports content, and his writing evokes thought into the minds of his readers with a witty and entertaining style. He is a freelance writer who has been published on multiple media platforms and is always looking for additional opportunities. Cooley and his wife, Christina, reside in Palo Alto where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Stanford. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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