Reynolds ready for double duty

Simi Reynolds is a 5-10, 160-pound athlete from Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline, and Reynolds took part in the East-West prep football All-Star game in Everett Friday night. The impressive thing about Reynolds' showing is that Simi had already made up his mind to play baseball for the University of Washington, following in his older brother's footsteps. That hasn't taken away from Simi's desire to play football too, and the Husky football coaches are taking advantage of that enthusiasm.

"I got the same scholarship my brother (Tila) got and I'm also an invited walk-on for the football team," Reynolds told Dawgman.com. "Coach (Rick) Neuheisel knows I'm coming. Hopefully it's going to be a good thing. I'm a little hesitant. Those boys are big and I'm not that big, but I think that once I get into it and get used to it that it's going to be a good thing and a good experience for me."

He'll try out initially at either slot-back or cornerback, putting his 4.4 speed to good use.

But make no mistake - Reynolds is at Washington to play with the pill. He's currently playing center field for Taylor baseball this summer. "I was getting invited to workouts and getting calls and all that," he said, referring to the recent baseball draft. "I went to the final Mariners scouting thing at Safeco Field two days before the draft, so they were interested. Once I go to college and get through the weight program and get bigger, stronger and faster they may be more interested later on."

The All-Star experience was one Simi will cherish for a while. "I just had a lot of fun," he said. "It's an end-of-the-year thing. I looked at it as a good chance for me to get ready and get rolling for August 6th when the turnouts are for U-Dub."

And he can't wait to 'get rolling'. "I'm looking forward to moving on and seeing bigger things," he said. "I visit my brother all the time and watch a lot of his games, so hopefully I can get there and hit the ground runnin'."

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