Scouting Notes: A new feature at the NIKE Camps this year is that each player was ranked on a SPARQ rating scale. SPARQ – which means speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness – is the first-ever system designed to capture the overall athleticism of any football player. The previous high of 101.7 was held by Florida linebacker Spencer Atkins. Reynolds blew that away with a 108.7, which included a jaw-dropping 47-rep bench-press, a very solid 4.7-second time in the 40-yard dash, a 4.38 shuttle and 30-inch vertical leap.
In the position drills and then in the one-on-one competition Reynolds excelled in everything he did. He was a blur coming off the edge in blitz-technique drills, and he more than held his own in coverage situations against a talented group of running backs. Without question, Reynolds is the prototype weakside linebacker at the next level, and when you throw in all of his physical attributes it’s hard to think there are too many players better than him in America.
Palo Alto NIKE Training Camp: Arguably the best NIKE Camp for the 2004 circuit featured most of the best prospects from California, Nevada, Washington and Oregon at Stanford’s campus. With more than 500 prospects in attendance and more than 250 college coaches also on hand, players tested off the charts and learned how to improve their game.