Another Mission Viejo Player Eyes OSU

Ohio State has one player coming in from Mission Viejo as defensive end Ryan Williams will begin his career as a Buckeye in August. They almost had another last year in offensive lineman Kevin Bemoll, and this year, at least one more Mission Viejo player is checking out OSU - blue chip tight end Konrad Reuland. We got the latest from Reuland's father Ralf on Konrad's recruitment and where things stand with OSU.

Ohio State appears to have a need at the tight end position in its 2006 recruiting class, and the Buckeyes have offered a player from a familiar place to try and fill that need.

OSU recently offered Mission Viejo, Calif., tight end Konrad Reuland (6-6, 240, 4.7) a scholarship. He comes from the same high school as OSU signee Ryan Williams.

"This spring has been very exciting," said Reuland's father, Ralf. "He probably has between 25 and 30 scholarship offers. They've been coming in almost every day. During this month of May, the coaches have been calling and sending a lot of mail."

According to Mr. Reuland, his son has offers from every school in the Pac-10 except Washington State. He also has offers from OSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Florida State, Oklahoma, Duke, Utah, San Diego State, Mississippi, Kansas and UNLV.

Reuland and Williams helped Mission Viejo post a perfect 14-0 record and win a CIF-South Section championship. He was the Diablos' leading receiver with 47 catches for 744 yards and seven touchdowns. He also takes pride in his blocking, helping Mission Viejo rush for 3,300 yards on the season.

In regards to Ohio State, Reuland has ties to the Buckeye state.

"He was born in Ohio," Ralf Reuland said. "He has always been a lifelong Buckeye fan and always identified with Ohio State. When he was only 3, we moved and he went to school (in California)."

However, nearby schools such as UCLA and USC, where Mission Viejo quarterback Mark Sanchez signed, could be hard to beat. The recruiting process has been interesting, Ralf Reuland said.

"There's been a lot of coaches coming through the school lately," he said. "I know Charlie Weis from Notre Dame was there yesterday (May 24), along with other coaches from programs like ASU and Washington. He still is really wide open to the schools out there because this whole process is just starting for him.

"In June, he and I are going to go up north and take a look at places like Cal, Oregon and Washington. He's been to Stanford already to see their spring practice, but the experience was such a whirlwind one, and he wasn't able to digest much about the program, so we'll probably see them again too.

"I would say that by the end of August, Konrad should have a good idea and a better feel of what programs he really likes. Right now, he doesn't know much on a lot of them. In August, we'll head out east and visit schools like Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and even Miami (Fla.). That's what's on our agenda for right now. After that he should have a better idea of what he wants."

Reuland holds a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1610 on the new version of the SAT.

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