Athletics

Woodberry in the NFL

Connor Koch ’17


CJ Prosise:

cj prosisCJ Prosise ’12 arrived at Woodberry from his home in Petersburg, Virginia with basketball on his mind, but soon he found his niche on the gridiron. Head Coach Clint Alexander describes CJ’s style of play during his time at the Forest as “electrifying.” In his fours years here, Prosise was a three-time All-State selection, a captain of the team, and a
cheerleader. Following his senior season, CJ inked his National Letter of Intent to play for Coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Following his illustrious career in South Bend, CJ was recently drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 90
th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. At the end of rookie minicamp last week, Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seahawks, had high praise of the work he saw out of Prosise and said in an interview with NFL.com that CJ is a ‘dynamic playmaker who will have an opportunity to showcase his abilities this coming season.’

Ed Reynolds:

ed reynoldsA native of Winter Park, Florida, Ed Reynolds ‘10 came to Woodberry with hopes of following in the NFL footsteps of his father, who played multiple seasons for The New York Giants. Ed was known by his teammates and coaches alike as an extremely hard worker, caring friend, and a great leader. Coach Alexander said that Ed’s football I.Q. and natural instincts are what set him apart from the rest and led to his being selected as an All-State defensive back for three years. Ed would head west for college and play as a Stanford Cardinal. During his junior season there, Reynolds led the entire country in interceptions. He was then drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Ed cracked the starting roster in 2015 when he had a game sealing interception against the Buffalo Bills late in the season. Heading into training camp this summer, Ed is in contention to earn significant playing time and has a shot to start at free safety.

Kendall “KG” Gaskins:

kendall gaskinsKendall “KG” Gaskins ‘09 came to Woodberry from the Philadelphia area. Prior to starting at Woodberry, KG played many other sports but, according to Coach Alexander, Kendall got serious about football going into his junior season. KG burst onto the varsity scene during his 5th form year as a running back. He was known for his physical, downhill running style that left defenders flattened in his wake. Kendall was named to the All-State team two times, once during his junior year and then again during his senior year. How Gaskins earned his opportunity to play at University of Richmond is very unorthodox. The coach at the University had some questions about KG’s athletic abilities, so he came to watch Kendall play in a basketball game during the winter and, after watching his performance, the coach from Richmond had his doubts erased. He offered Kendall a scholarship directly after the game. During his time at the University of Richmond, Kendall developed into an FCS All-American running back. Following his collegiate career, KG bounced around between the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and New York Giants before finding his home at the San Francisco 49ers. Kendall got meaningful minutes during the 2015 season and this season he is looking to shoulder a bigger load in the 49ers’ run-heavy offense.

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