Reynolds Showed Off Versatility in ’08

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Senior LaRoy Reynolds saw action at five different positions – wide receiver, tailback, quarterback, linebacker and safety – under first year head coach John Quinerly this past season, earning first-team all-Eastern district honors at linebacker and second-team all-district honors at wide receiver. Reynolds likely will play defense at the University of Virginia, but exactly what spot the 6-2, 212-pound Maury (Norfolk, VA) product will play remains unclear.

Coach Quinerly certainly has his opinion.

“Personally, in college I think he should be safety,” Quinerly said. “He has size, speed and awareness out there on the field. He is just so sound back there. He is like another coach on the field.”

Quinerly added, “I think he could come in and really help Virginia out at safety. In my opinion, he could be a 4-year starter. Then again, with his size, he may grow into an outside linebacker. He is 6-2, 212 pounds right now, and he has the frame to be 230. He has a big frame. Plus, his daddy is a large man.”

Reynolds, who can squat over 500 pounds, racked up 99 tackles in his senior season. Coach Quinerly is certainly high on Reynolds’ potential at safety, but about linebacker?

“He could do either one,” Quinerly said. “He is a very aggressive guy, but he stays in control of situations and that’s why I say he should play safety. The good thing about it is that Anthony Poindexter now coaches safeties. Coach Poindexter and I talk all the time and he tells me he is really looking forward to Roy coming. Roy is going to get down there in the summer and get in their weight program and get going.”

A very good student athlete, Reynolds is eyeing a possible Engineering major at UVa. He carries a 3.4 grade point average at Maury and is taking honors courses.

“He has maintained a high level of academics since elementary school,” Quinerly said. “With his upbringing, he’ll be fine. One big thing about UVa is that they don’t sell their soul. You have to be worthy of a scholarship academically and that’s what I like. That’s why LaRoy and his parents decided that would be the best place for him.”

Reynolds chose Virginia over offers from N.C. State and Syracuse.