Ready to Move: Orville Reynolds
"I was just doing it to stay in shape for football," Reynolds said of his track season. "I ranked 6th nationally in the 100 with a 10.3 and made All-State. I've been back to good for awhile from the ankle injury. I've just been working on my craft as a running back, working out at L.A. Fitness, trying to get stronger, bigger, faster. I'm ready to roll."
Playing just slightly more than half a season, Reynolds still managed 546 yards on 87 carries and eight touchdowns. He produced a 218-yard game performance early against Coral Gables. As a junior, Reynolds gained 1,351 yards rushing and had 16 touchdowns.
"When I was running track I dropped some weight, but I gained it back," said Reynolds. "I'm about where I was during the season, 175 (pounds), 5-foot-8 and a half. This year I definitely played faster and quicker, my hands were better, and my blocking was definitely improved."
The Demon Deacon staff has recruited well in the Sunshine State in recent years and have six native Floridians coming in this year's class. Reynolds has gotten a chance to know many of them.
"I talk to a couple," said Reynolds. "Cody Preble isn't too far from here. I just talked with Allen Ramsey a few nights ago. Zach Allen and Merrill Noel I know from Pahokee. I'm going to room with Kevin Sousa, the quarterback from Orlando. We've become close friends. It's going to be cool being roommates with the quarterback. I figure that will help me learn the playbook a lot faster."
Reynolds made the trip to Winston-Salem in April to see the Demon Deacons spring game on BB&T Field where the offense battled the defense.
"It was cool to see everybody in action," Reynolds said of the game. "I loved what I saw from the offense. It looks like a great offense for a running back to get loose in and into the open field."
With summer fast approaching, Reynolds will finish high school on May 27th and have a graduation ceremony on June 7th. He plans on being on campus by July 5th for the second half of summer classes.
"I've stayed in contact with Coach (Billy) Mitchell, Coach (Chris) Barclay, and Coach Mac (Ray McCartney)," said Reynolds. "Coach Mac does a good job looking out for me. It was nice of him to come down to Florida to see me. We have a very good relationship.
"I'm definitely hoping to see the field as a freshman. If I have to redshirt, I understand. I don't think that will be the case because the coaches told me they need speed. I think I can contribute on special teams and return kicks. I know I have to work and learn the playbook to get on the field so I can do what I do."
While Reynolds wore No. 5 at Douglas, he isn't sure what number he'll wear at Wake Forest. He has requested one in the single digits or "a number that looks fast." He's looking to major in Business or Psychology.
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