Mission Viejo Tight End Taking His Time

Konrad Reuland, a 6-6, 240-pound tight end prospect from Mission Viejo high school (Calif.), is being recruited from coast to coast. He already has a mound of offers and he'll likely have more on the way. Is Notre Dame in the race for Reuland? What are his impressions of Irish head coach Charlie Weis?

Konrad Reuland is one of the more interesting recruits that you'll find. He has only been playing football for two years, but he is already one of the most sought after tight end prospects in the country.

"I didn't start playing football until my sophomore year," explained Reuland. "I mainly played basketball. I always wanted to play football, but never really did."

It didn't take long for college recruiters to take notice.

"I received my first scholarship offers from Nebraska and Duke last September," he said. "Those offers really stand out because they were my first, and because it wasn't something that I really expected."

In only his second season, as a junior, Reuland caught 47 passes for more than 800 yards.. He now has offers from some of the top programs in the country including UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Arizona, Duke, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Stanford, Oregon and Notre Dame.

Is Konrad interested in playing for Notre Dame?

"Definitely. I'm pretty interested in them," he said. "I'm planning on taking a visit to see Notre Dame sometime this summer. If I wasn't really interested in Notre Dame I wouldn't be making the trip to see them."

"I'm also gong to visit Nebraska, Ohio State and Miami," he added.

Reuland has most of the PAC-10 schools pursuing him heavily, so I was curious to find out what it was about these four schools that he liked.

Nebraska: "They area sentimental favorite because they were the first to offer. Coach Callahan is there and they run the west coast offense. They need a big-play tight end."

Ohio State: "They are my childhood favorite team. I haven't been back there since I moved, so I wanted to take the opportunity to see the school."

Miami: "Powerhouse program. It seems like every tight end that goes to school there turns out to be a success. Making a trip like this, they just seem like a school that would be worthwhile to visit.

Notre Dame: "I feel like they are a program on the rise. Weis has won three of the last Super Bowls. He's an offensive-minded coach. Great Academics, I'm really into the academic side. The tradition is second to none."

Comment: Konrad has already had quite a bit of success, and he's just scratched the surface of his potential. He hasn't spoken to coach Weis yet, but he's looking forward to doing so shortly, as the Irish coaches attempted to get in touch with him just recently.


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