Woodberry Forest’s (VA) varsity football program, 5-1 so far in 2008, promises to continue its success in 2009 as well. Head coach Clint Alexander boasts at least four potential Division 1 prospects in his junior class, including one who has already received a Division 1A scholarship offer.
Perhaps Woodberry Forest’s top 2010 class prospect, Aramide Olaniyan, a standout outside linebacker/defensive end, boasts 7 1/2 sacks and 28 tackles on the season.
“Aramide is 6-3, about 198 pounds,” Alexander said. “He ran a 4.51 in the 40 at the Nike Combine in Baltimore. He had 22 hurries in the victory over Collegiate. He was all over them. I think he projects to be a college linebacker. He just turned 16. Next year he’ll be 17 years old and probably run in the 4.4s. He can squat 450 pounds and he cleans up around 270 pounds. He is an explosive player. Boston College just came down to look at his video and the recruiter just laughed when he saw the film. The other team couldn’t stop him.”
A first-team all-state performer at defensive line last season as a sophomore, Olaniyan has an offer from Stanford along with interest from Boston College, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. Athlete Ed Reynolds, a second-team all-state selection in 2007, is also getting a look from Division 1A programs including Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“Our next one is Ed Reynolds. His dad played at UVa and played 10 years in the NFL with the Giants and Patriots,” Alexander said. “Ed is 6-2, 191 pounds. He plays tailback, but I think he’ll be a college defensive back. He is everywhere and he has had some amazing runs as a tailback. He has run a 4.57 in the 40, but he owns our long jump and triple jump records in indoor track.”
This season, Reynolds is averaging 6.6 yards per carry on offense, has returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown, has two interceptions and has returned two kick-offs for scores. He excels on the gridiron, but he also gets the job done in the classroom.
“He is very smart,” Alexander said. “He has a 3.96 GPA. I call him Senator Reynolds. He is a special one. His dad told me they wanted to send him to a school like ours because he will be a senator some day.”
Olaniyan and Reynolds are Woodberry Forest’s top skill position juniors, but there are a couple of junior linemen with Division 1A potential as well.
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