It generally wouldn't take Warren Reuland (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) 24 hours to travel from his Southern California home to South Bend, but that's what he and his teammate Jeff Baca had to endure when they made their way to South Bend for the March 4 Notre Dame junior day. It was definitely a rocky travel experience, but the teammates eventually found their way to the snow covered Notre Dame campus.
"We tried to sleep when we first got in, but we were excited about the snow so we just walked around for a little," Reuland recalled of his reaction to the snowy Northern Indiana day. "It was snowing hard when we got in. We don't get that back home, so it was cool for us… I loved it. I had already seen most of the campus, but it was nice to see it again when it was snowing. After we walked around we went back and went to sleep for a little bit.
"The trip in general was fun. It was good to hang out with my brother (Konrad) and his friends. It's always nice to see him."
With his brother already going through the experience of playing at Notre Dame, Warren understood what the university had to offer, so he was looking at the junior day as an opportunity to speak with the Notre Dame coaching staff about their interest in him as a recruiting prospect.
"It went well," Reuland said of the junior day activities. "All the coaches left the room and we got to ask some players how they felt about the program and the school. People had some good questions, but I didn‘t ask any because I was pretty familiar with everything.
"We had the position meetings with the receivers, and coach Ianello asked me to stay in after when everyone left because he wanted to talk to me about [my recruitment]. He said they want to see me play in person. He said they had already offered Michael Floyd and John Goodman. He said the thing that set them apart from me is that they both went to the camp, so [the Notre Dame coaches] got to see both of them play in person. Coach Ianello said they want me to come to camp so they can work with me."
Warren will sit down with his family and discuss the value of taking a trip to South Bend for a one-day camp. Reuland is still working his way back from a knee injury he suffered during the last regular season game in 2006, but he should be ready to go for spring practice.
"I won't be back until the middle of May," Reuland said of his return from the knee injury. "I think we start spring practice May 15. I think [Notre Dame] is coming out to one of my spring practices so they should be able to see me work out there.
"I'm going to go up to one of Stanford's practices in April. UCLA and USC are showing interest, so I'll probably be going to some practices there. That's really all I've looked at for now."
As a junior, Warren had 35 receptions for approximately 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a sophomore Warren hauled in 25 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns.