Reynolds on track

Victor Reynolds, an elite athlete and well-regarded football prospect, starred at recent combines

Call it running the gauntlet, Victor Reynolds style. On April 21, Reynolds, one of the top class of 2007 football prospects in the state of Wisconsin, competed in a track meet with his Oak Creek High School teammates. The following day he ventured to Iowa City, Iowa for a Scout.com Combine, where he was named one of the event's top defensive backs. On April 23 he was in Madison for an adidas Elite Combine.

In track and field circles, effectively maxing out on events three days in a row could be considered a mild form of lunacy, but Reynolds took it in stride.

"I was ready for that," he said in a telephone interview last week.

Well, at least he was ready for competing on those three consecutive days.

"Monday (April 24) was a terrible day," Reynolds said. "I felt terrible on Monday. My body was really sore. But I kind of prepared well for it. I was ready for everything at the combines but the 3-cone drills. That was pretty weird."

At the Scout.com Combine in Iowa City, Reynolds recorded a 40-yard dash of 4.52 seconds, despite the fact that "he slipped out of the blocks and let up five yards short of the end", according to Scout.com's Josh Clark. Reynolds also posted a 4.35-second 20-yard shuttle, 7.5-second 3-cone drill, 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-4 broad jump.

"I was pretty satisfied," Reynolds said of his event results. "I wanted to do better on the 3-cone drill but I really didn't have much time to practice it. It was a really slippery surface, though. I finished fine, though."

Reynolds excelled in position drills and was named an all-combine cornerback.

Said Reynolds: "It was great. It was fun. It showed me a lot about myself, as far as my playing style and confidence…

"The Iowa camp, basically it was some of the best receivers I ever faced because you only get to play against so many good receivers in the state. I really enjoyed the experience. The same with the (adidas combine) — it was pretty fun."

Reynolds said he was tested in the 3-cone drill, shuttle run, vertical jump, bench max and the 10-yard dash at the adidas event. He only remembered his 20-yard shuttle time (4.2 seconds), 10-yard dash (1.76 seconds) and his extremely impressive 20 bench-press reps at 185 pounds.

Reynolds, who stands 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, said he maxes out at 315 pounds on the bench.

"Ever since I've been to Oak Creek, Coach (Joe) Koch, they really stress the weight program over there," said Reynolds, who transferred to Oak Creek in late November. "They really make you lift weights. I've been lifting weights for a long time…

"Probably since the end of middle school I started taking weights serious because I knew I had to go to high school."

Reynolds's transfer placed him at the heart of a controversy swirling within the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association regarding athlete mobility. Reynolds' move is just one of several high profile transfers in the state in the past year, lending some to dub the recent action to restrict transfers the "Scott Christopherson rule" or the "Korey Lucious" rule or the "Victor Reynolds rule." Christopherson, a three-star prospect in the basketball recruiting class of 2007 (he has committed to Marquette), transferred from Melrose-Mindoro to La Crosse Aquinas before classes began last fall. Lucious, the No. 3 point guard prospect in the nation for the class of 2008, plans to transfer from Milwaukee King to Milwaukee Pius next year.

Then there is Reynolds, one of the nation's top track athletes, owner of a pair of early football scholarship offers, who was one of three Milwaukee Tech football players to transfer to Oak Creek.

"It makes me laugh a little bit," Reynolds said of all the commotion caused by the transfers. "It cracks a smile on my face. Everybody has their own opinion. It really makes me laugh though."

Reynolds is now living in Oak Creek, a suburb south of Milwaukee.

"It is a good fit for me," he said of attending Oak Creek. "Everything is much slower. The learning process is way different. Teachers, they really take time to work with you. The student body, everybody is nice. I guess everybody gets along well."

Reynolds has scholarship offers from Nebraska and Minnesota. He said his favorites include Nebraska, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.

An elite track athlete, Reynolds won the WIAA Division 1 state championship in the triple jump as a sophomore last spring, with a state-record leap of 48 feet, 11 inches.

According to wisconsintrackandfield.com, Reynolds boasts the top triple jump in the state so far this season at 47-1, three-quarters of an inch better than Milwaukee King standout Lance Kendricks, a top recruit in the Badgers' football recruiting class of 2006. Kendricks was the state runner-up in the triple jump last spring, finishing behind Reynolds with a leap of 48-4.

Reynolds is also ranked No. 3 in the long jump at 22-9.

"Track's been going very well," Reynolds said. "I've posted some good numbers in the triple jump."

For more information on Reynolds football recruitment, please see today's Hot News, Spring decision for athlete?


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