March 28, 2023

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Gridiron Football Diamond In The Rough: Brody Reina

Brody Reina is a 2022 Wide Receiver prospect out of St. Paul’s high school in Covington, Louisiana. Brody, at 6ft and 180lbs, has impeccable route running skills and always seems to get separation from the defender on every play. He is more than just a route runner as he has respectable speed and can surprise many as a deep threat. The 6ft receiver has nice hands to real in most passes thrown his way, as well as the ability to concentrate and adjust his body to better suit where the ball will be in order to make the grab. Lastly, Brody is a willing and capable blocker on the edges for his teammates as well. Brody Reina is a skilled football player, but is also a scholar in the classroom with an incredible 4.5 GPA and a 34 ACT score.

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Tell me about yourself, what are some things you’re into? Any hobbies? Besides football, I like to fish a lot and hang out with family and friends, we like to just play games of pickup basketball. I also read a lot, right now I am just reading a lot of schoolbooks to get ready for school.

When did you start playing football? What made you get into it? I started playing when I was 6 at the Coquille parks in Madisonville. I used to play soccer out there, but when I saw other kids play football out there I wanted to do it. My dad played football in high school and college too, so I wanted to be like him. He used to play Running Back and Middle Line Backer at UNC under coach Brown. We went back up there a couple years ago and saw the facility, it was pretty cool.

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How is recruiting going? It is good, it has slowly been picking up. I have mostly ivy school looking at me like Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, Columbia, Harvard. Louisiana Tech, too. I have not taken any visits yet though because of covid. I think I am going to a bunch of different colleges this summer though. I am not really picky either, distance does not matter. I want to see what offers roll through and pick what feels right for me.

It seems like you are pretty book smart, how do you go about handling that school – work relationship? For me, I am lucky because I do not have to study too much. I just do homework after practicing usually, it does not take too long. I usually do not have to study either, just for about 10-15 minutes. My parents tell me I will have to do a lot more studying than that in college.

What motivates you to get out and practice every day? What is your why? Really, I just love to compete. I do not like to lose. I want to be the best at whatever I try to do. I love football and I just want to play it for as long as I can. I really just play for the enjoyment of the game  

Is there anybody that you look up to/aspire to be? I like my dad; I look up to him. He played football in college and did pretty well for himself, he has a food family, and he is a good man. I just looked up to him since I was little.

What NFL player do you try to model your game around? I like watch players who run really good routes. So, I watch Stephon Diggs, Amari Cooper, Adam Thielen, and Keenan Allen.  Stephon Diggs is who I try to model my game after though. Another guy I loved watching was Justin Jefferson at LSU and in the NFL.

What has football taught you about life and yourself in general? It taught me a lot. It taught me to deal with tough things and push through mental and physical pain. It taught me how to deal with tough situations and how to dig yourself out of that hole, to never giving up, to keep on pushing back and fighting, and it just taught me the meaning of hard work. If you really want something you really have to work for it, it is not just going to be handed to you.

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