One of the Bluegrass State's top offensive line prospects is the latest in a long line of standouts from perhaps its best program in recent years.
Jeff Reinstatler, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle, has offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Miami (Ohio). He's also expecting an offer soon from Cincinnati, and is continuing to receive contact from Auburn, Clemson, Duke and Toledo.
"I'm getting a whole lot of calls right now," he said. "All of them are really nice schools, good football programs, so it will be a tough decision. Those first four (UK, UofL, Miami, Cincinnati) are kind of in the lead because they're close to home. It would be nice to play so close to home."
Reinstatler declined to name a favorite, although he said the pipeline his school has formed with Kentucky has him giving the Wildcats a long look.
"They've got a great connection with our school," he said. "You look at their roster and there's all kinds of Highlands players on the team. They've got our quarterback, Jared Lorenzen; our tight end, Derek Smith; also Ben Scott and Brett Hamblen. They recruit our school hard. And those are players I know will be great for the future of that program."
He also likes the idea of competing in the nation's traditional top conference.
"I'm a guy who loves competition," said Reinstatler, noting that despite early losses, he loved playing against the top team in Lexington (Henry Clay) and Louisville (Male) earlier this season. "I know if I went to Kentucky, I'd be playing all the big powerhouses."
Reinstatler said Louisville is also an attractive choice due to coach John L. Smith and the recent success of the program in Conference USA. "They've really picked it up," he said. "I really liked the coaching staff and the players when I visited there."
Reinstatler has camped at Tennessee, Clemson, Auburn and Texas (as a junior). He also attended the Miami (Ohio) combine, where he ran a 5.2 40. He's recently improved his bench press to 280, an area he's continuing to work on.
"I know that's an area that needs to get a lot better," he said. "I feel good about everything else, but I need to get stronger there. I've been working out a lot with Rob Smith. We're best friends, and he's been helping me get better in the weightroom."
Smith is widely regarded as the state's top line prospect. Reinstatler said the two would like to attend the same school, but it will not be a priority in their recruitment.
An honor roll student, Reinstatler is expected to easily qualify for freshman eligibility.
* Photo courtesy of Carter Hall, Bluegrass Recruiting.com.