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Judo champ finds football

Among the four-stars, SEC offerees, All-Americans and camp regulars that were impressing coaches and reporters at the Memphis Nike Football training camp, there was one face that was new to many but no less effective. His name was Bruno Reagan, a lineman out of Clarksville (Tenn.) High School, and you would never know that he's a football newcomer.

Reagan was the heavyweight state wrestling champ in Tennessee this year.

Reagan, at 6-4, 285 pounds was one of the more athletic linemen at the event, showing great feet in agility drills, great athleticism in one-on-ones and an obvious competitive streak. What wasn't obvious was that Reagan's football career consists completely of two seasons.

Reagan hadn't been totally inactive though. In fact, the primary reason he hadn't taken to the football field is because he has emerged as one of the top wrestlers in the state of Tennessee and one of the top judo combatants in the world.

Those rankings aren't simply hyperbole. Reagan has won a Tennessee state championship in wrestling, a national championship in Judo and has placed in the world championships in judo as well.

While judo has been a skill that Reagan has crafted since he was eight years old, football game relatively easy.

“I was excited to play football,” Reagan said. “I felt pretty natural at it. On defense you just beat this guy and hit this guy. On offense, just go take out that guy. I'm working on football technique this spring.”

Already Reagan has earned a handful of offers. On the FBS side, Western Kentucky offered under Willie Taggart's regime. On Wednesday, the Taggart regime re-upped that offer at South Florida. Offensive line coach Walt Wells called up Reagan and gave him the news.

“It's definitely a good location, Tampa Bay,” he said. “I know Taggart brought most of his staff over there and they were doing really good things at WKU so that's what I'm excited about. He told me my grades were good enough to get in there so that's good too. I know they're going to do well.”

This weekend, Reagan will be visiting MTSU and he feels that the Blue Raiders and Memphis could both be close to offering as well. However, there are two other in-state programs that Reagan is more interested in.

“Vanderbilt and Tennessee,” he said when asked who he's waiting on. “Vanderbilt, oh my gosh. Them and Tennessee are two teams that I liked growing up. Vandy was never really good but once they got Coach (James) Franklin there, it's been really fun watching them. It would be great getting an offer from a prestigious school like that. Academics is really important to me too and it's only 40 minutes from my house.”

Hailing from the pro-Tennessee area of Clarksville, the Volunteers would be a big offer as well.

“I'm definitely interested in Tennesse, especially with that new staff,” he said. “Tennessee is probably more interested right now. I've been in contact with their staff a long time. Vandy is just starting now to look at me.

“That hype around the program right now, the buildup going into a national championship, that's an exciting mindset to see. They're aiming for the highest goals.”

Reagan is currently rated by 247Sports as a 3-star prospect and the No. 14 player in the state of Tennessee.

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