Carter High School (Knoxville, TN) standout Garrett Reynolds enjoyed a fantastic junior season last year. The 6-7, 250-pound prospect earned all-county, all-league, and all-region honors as an offensive tackle last season. On defense, he made 74 tackles with three sacks, had one fumble recovery and four batted-balls.
Reynolds has been working extremely hard on 3 main things during the off-season. He feels he has succeeded in improving at least 2 of the 3 and continues to work hard on the other.
“I’ve been working on gaining weight, getting stronger, and my footwork,” Reynolds said. “Right now I’m 255-pounds, so I guess there still is a block there with my weight. I’m getting there though. Strength-wise, I do feel stronger. I have a 270 bench press, a 275 power-clean and a 350 squat. My footwork is getting better too.”
A hard-working, blue-collar type of player, Reynolds loves putting in the time in the weight room. In fact, Carter Head Coach Heath Woods believes Garrett to be one of the hardest working players he’s ever coached.
“I’ve been coaching for 16 years, and I have yet to come across a player with his ability who works as hard as he does,” Woods said. “He’s the hardest working player I’ve ever coached.”
A leader by example, Reynolds looks forward to leading his team to a state championship this season. One of his goals is to be the strong captain of Carter’s 2004 squad.
“I’m looking forward to being a better leader,” Reynolds said. “I like leading the team and stuff like that. I want to show some character for our team. I expect a good season. We’ve all been working hard. We have some good athletes and we all have good work ethic. We’re all real close.”
Reynolds is an excellent defender but is being recruited by every school as an offensive tackle. He feels his technique, long arms and ability to use his hands effectively are his strengths as an offensive tackle.
“Offensively, I have a good reach and I guess I use good technique,” Reynolds said. “I play hard on every play and I don’t give up. I have good placement with my hands. I only got called for 1 holding penalty all of last season, and that was when I fell down and just grabbed the guy (laughs).”
Reynolds’ ability, size and work ethic have earned him 6 scholarship offers. Schools such as LSU and Auburn are recruiting him as well.
“I have offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, UNC, Georgia...
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