Reynolds To See UCLA Again

The #7-ranked linebacker in the nation, <b>Ryan Reynolds</b>, talks more about his upcoming decision, and plans to see UCLA one more time. It looks like a two-horse race for Reynolds, an elite player at a big position of need for UCLA...

One of the premier linebackers in the nation, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Ryan Reynolds (6-2, 240) took a visit to UCLA the weekend of the USC game, and with the Bruins headed to the Las Vegas Bowl, they will have another shot to impress the Nevada native.

"I had a real good time out there," said Reynolds. "It was a great visit. Spencer Havner was my host and I just really enjoyed it. It was a close game and they almost had them (USC). My family and I are going to be at the Las Vegas Bowl. too. I'm hoping that I can catch a practice while they are out here too."

It was the third official visit for Reynolds, and most likely his last, having visited Florida when the Gators hosted Kentucky, and Oklahoma when they took on Bowling Green.

Reynolds said that the UCLA/USC game was the most impressive. "I heard the atmosphere for that game is different for most. It was loud there and everyone had a great time," said Reynolds.

With Florida firing Ron Zook, the man responsible for Reynolds' recruitment to the Gators, Reynolds is skeptical of the Gators. Even the hiring of Urban Meyer as the Florida head coach isn't enough to turn the Gators into a favorite for Reynolds. "With the coaching change, Florida is pretty much out of it. UCLA and Oklahoma are pretty even right now. I like a lot about both schools. I'd love to be a part of something that is building. But I'd love to be a part of a national power. It's a good situation either way," said Reynolds.

Reynolds said Havner's position is similar to the one he plays and likes the style of defense that UCLA runs as well as UCLA linebacker coach Brian Schneider. "Coach Schneider is recruiting me. He is a real good guy. I really like him as well as (Oklahoma defensive coordinator) Coach (Brent) Venables. You can't go wrong with either of them. The UCLA defense lets you play in space, which is where I like to play. It lets you both rush the passer and get in coverage."

Reynolds had Schneider in for an in-house visit earlier, while Bob Stoops and Venables came on Sunday. He said head coach Karl Dorrell was to visit later.

During the first summer camp Dorrell had at UCLA, Reynolds came with some teammates for the camp. It was there that he caught the eye of UCLA and vice versa. "It's a great campus. Academics is real important, and my mom and dad are kind of pushing UCLA because of that," said Reynolds, easily qualified with a 3.5 GPA and a 25 on his ACT.

Reynolds was recently named the Nevada Gatorade State Player of the Year and for good reason. In his senior campaign, Reynolds had 94 tackles, including 12 for loss. He also had six sacks, an interception, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

He has been selected to play in the Army All-American Game in San Antonio. And the Alamodome might be where Reynolds makes his decision. He said, "I might announce it at the All-American Game. I'm looking forward to playing there with a bunch of great players. It will be a great experience."


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