March 19, 2010

Speed attracts coaches to running back

To say Orville Reynolds is a fast man may be an understatement. The Parkland, Fla. running back stands 5-foot-8 and 175-pounds and makes some impressive claims on his speed in the 40-yard dash.

"My fastest hand time is a 4.29, but I am pretty consistent in the 4.3's," Reynolds said last week. "Coaches like the speed and the fact I run north and south."

Last season Reynolds went north and south fast enough to pick up 1,329 yards and 16 touchdowns. He scored another touchdown on a kickoff return. Those numbers have attracted several college coaches, four of which have offered a scholarship with that list including Colorado State, Duke, Wake Forest and Louisana-Lafayette.

"A lot of people are coming during the spring, but those are my offers so far," Reynolds said. "The first thing in a college is I look at how many running backs they have and how much time would it look like for me to play. If a school just recruited 3-4 running backs, I am not as interested. I also want to know how they will use me in different situations like slot and returning punts and kicks. I want to see if it is a two-back or a one-back or if they run a spread."

Reynolds added he is looking for a football program that works with a balanced offense, whether that be the spread or an offense with multiple looks.

The Colorado State connection for Reynolds involves current Ram wide receiver and former Reynolds teammate, Chris Robinson. Reynolds said Robinson told him it is hard to breathe when you first get to Colorado, but then you get used to it and everything works out pretty well. The Rams have lost track of Reynolds to some extent recently as the Sunshine State speedster's recruiting contact at CSU was Marc Lubick, who is now coaching for the Houston Texans.

"He wanted me to come up and visit," Reynolds said of Lubick. "I used to talk to him on different occasions. He was saying I could come up there and get a scholarship offer."

Reynolds said currently he is hearing more from Duke than any other school and he is interested. Reynolds holds a 3.7 unweighted GPA and said the academics of Duke and Wake Forest are attractive to him.

"Duke - I talk to them a lot," he said. "I like them because of their academics. Even if after football I am looking at a very good degree coming out of college. My parents really like the degree part. Wake also has good academics too. That is something I definitely like."

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