Waukee O-lineman coming to Iowa
Whether it's full scholarship or grayshirt, Reynolds is in
Ross Reynolds is an Iowa football commitment. What kind remains to be seen.
Reynolds, a 6-3, 290-pound offensive lineman, announced via his Twitter account Sunday that he accepted a scholarship offer to play football for the Hawkeyes. He also posted a photo of him and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz in his living room.
— Ross Reynolds (@BigRossReynolds) January 26, 2014
So, Reynolds is an Iowa commitment. Is it a full scholarship offer or a grayshirt commitment (paying his own way for the fall semester of his freshman year and going on full scholarship in January 2015)?
"They actually don't know yet," Reynolds told HawkeyeReport.com. "They are not going to know possibly until signing day but they are more than likely going to know this week."
Will a spot in this class open up or will a roster spot open? Those are the next questions that need to be answered.
"I'm not worried about it," Reynolds said. "I'm happy to be able to play there."
If Reynolds ends up in this class, he would be the third offensive linemen, joining Dubuque Senior's Lucas LeGrand and Indianola's Keegan Render. During Iowa's Outback Bowl practices, offensive coordinator Greg Davis said Iowa needed depth along the offensive line.
"The offensive line isn't as deep as it needs to be," Davis said. "Offensive tackles, we're still not where we need to be there. I feel like we're pretty solid inside . . . but those tackles are hard [to find]. I don't know that you ever have enough of them."
LeGrand, at 6-5, 260 pounds, is probably more of a tackle prospect. There's always a chance that Cedar Rapids Xavier's Matt Nelson, 6-8, 255, could switch from defensive end to offensive tackle.
Reynolds is headed to an interior position.
"It will be inside at either guard or center," Reynolds, who had six other offers from FCS schools, including Northern Iowa, said. "[Offensive line] Coach Brian Ferentz said I'll learn all three positions."
With Reynolds' scholarship status up in the air, Iowa is at either 20 or 21 commitments for the 2014 class. The national signing period begins next Wednesday.
Jay Scheel, QB 6-2, 170 Union High School (La Porte City) ****
Lucas LeGrand, OL, 6-5, 260 Dubuque Senior High School ***
Omar Truitt, CB, 5-11, 185, St. John’s College High School (Washington D.C.) ***
C.J. Hilliard, RB, 5-9, 192, St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) ***
Jyaz Jones, S, 6-0, 172, South Oak Cliff High School (Dallas, Texas) **
Jameer Outsey, OLB, 6-3, 220, Franklin High School (Somerset, N.J.) ***
Keegan Render, OL, 6-3, 310, Indianola High School ***
Matt Nelson, DE, 6-7, 249, Xavier High School (Cedar Rapids) ***
Mick Ellis, K, 5-9, 185, Lovejoy High School (Lucas, Texas) **
Terrance Harris, DE, 6-2, 240, Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, N.J.) **
Ben Niemann, OLB, 6-3, 185, Sycamore (Ill.) High School **
Aaron Mends, LB, 6-1, 204, Winnetonka (Kansas City, Mo.) High School ***
Josh Jackson, CB, 6-1, 175, Dallas Lake ( Corinth, Texas) High School **
Marcel Joly, CB, 5-11, 180, Forestville (Md.) High School ***
Jalen Embry, CB, 5-11, 176, King (Detroit, Mich.) High School ***
Markel Smith, RB, 5-10, 210, St. John Vianney (St. Louis, Mo.) High School ***
Parker Hesse, LB, 6-3, 205, Waukon High School (Waukon) **
Tyler Wiegers, QB, 6-4, 213, Detroit Country Day (Detroit, Mich.) ****
Dillon Kidd, P, 6-1, 210, El Camino Community College (Torrance, Calif.) — **
Miles Taylor, S, 6-0, 185, Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.) ***
Ross Reynolds, OL, 6-3, 290, Waukee High School **
* — Rivals.com star rating