Maury (Norfolk, VA) has produced one of the more talented varsity football programs in recent years, headlined by a handful of college prospects including current Virginia Tech standout Kam Chancellor and incoming Virginia Tech recruit Vinston Painter. Maury will continue its Division 1A prospect run in 2009 with top safety/wide receiver recruit Laroy Reynolds .
New head coach John Quinerly, a former star running back at Maury who accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater in February, has been impressed with the 6-2, 210-pound Reynolds in a number of areas.
“His aggressiveness, knowledge of the game and being a leader on the field with all the other kids,” Quinerly answered when asked what impressed him the most about Reynolds on film. “He does a good job of depicting what play is going to be run next, so he is like another coach on the field. He is a tenacious player. He is always playing until the whistle is blown. I’ve worked with him since I got the job and I’ve been so impressed. He continues to pick my head for knowledge of the game.”
As a junior last season, Reynolds hauled in 18 receptions for 520 yards and four touchdowns from the wide receiver position, earning first-team all-Eastern district honors for his performance. On defense, he tallied 70 tackles and earned second-team all-Eastern district honors as a Utility Player.
In 2008, Coach Quinerly has big plans for the talented rising senior.
“Basically, I’m going to have him everywhere,” Quinerly said. “He’ll play some rover. He’ll move around when we play the Cover 2. On offense, we’ll play him some at the Z, some at the X, some at the slot and some at quarterback when we run the spread. He is the best talent on the team and he’ll be everywhere. He is excited about that.”
Some college coaches feel as though Reynolds could play wide receiver on the next level, but most envision him on the defensive side of the ball.
“A couple of colleges – UVa is an example – said he could play either way,” Quinerly said. “Most colleges like Laroy at free safety. He is 6-2, 210 pounds, and he bench presses 185 pounds 23 times. He doesn’t let anybody come across the middle. He plays from sideline to sideline. Personally, I think he could play both ways, but for me I think...
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