Reuland Reflects On Recent Tour Of Schools

Mission Viejo, Calif., tight end Konrad Reuland is back home in California after a whirlwind two weeks that saw him visit four of his top college choices as well as go on a cruise with his family. See what Reuland had to say about the schools he visited, where things stand and also his thoughts on his team's chances of repeating as CIF-South Section champions in 2005.

Mission Viejo, Calif., tight end Konrad Reuland is back home after two weeks of traveling. The 6-6, 240-pound Reuland spent the first week of August touring four of his potential college choices. This past week, he accompanied his family on a cruise.

"It was relaxing to get away for a while with my family," Reuland said.

Reuland and his Mission Viejo teammates are set to begin defense of their CIF-South Section Division II championship. But he used his time earlier this month to see Nebraska, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame and Ohio State. Those four schools – as well as USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Arizona and Oklahoma – remain in his sights.

"I want to narrow the list down in the next week or so," Reuland said. "I probably want to get down to six or eight schools so that by the time Sept. 1 rolls around I will be able to focus on just a handful of schools. Coaches can start calling then and I don't want 20 different schools to be calling me all the time."

Reuland figures to be in high demand. He is ranked as the nation's No. 2 tight end prospect and No. 33 overall nationally by Scout.com. The network also lists him as the No. 7 prospect on the West Coast, including fifth overall in California.

"I don't really have a favorite school right now," Reuland said. "I most likely won't do any official visits during the season out of loyalty to my high school team. It would be hard to get away and if I have to miss any team events to do it, I won't do it."

Reuland and OSU freshman defensive lineman Ryan Williams helped Mission Viejo post a perfect 14-0 record last year. Reuland 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.

"I consider myself to be a real threat," Reuland said. "We try to be as balanced as we can. I can stretch the field and make some big catches. But I also think my blocking is better than adequate. I want to be a weapon in the running game. But, overall, I think I have that ability to get down the field and make some plays."

Reuland said his recent tour of the four schools outside his home state opened some eyes.

"They are all giving you all of the best information about their school," he said. "I liked them all. They all seemed like nice schools to go to."

Here were reflections from Reuland on the four schools he visited:

* Nebraska -- "I was pleasantly surprised with Nebraska. I think they are really on the right track. Coach (Bill) Callahan is a real cool guy. He is down to earth. They seem like they know what they're doing. I like the West Coast offense. I think I would fit real well into that.

"They couldn't show me everything they wanted to show me like the locker rooms and the facilities because they are in the middle of a $50 million facility project. It should be nice when it's all done."

* Miami (Fla.) -- "It was really hot and muggy down there. From the tight end standpoint, that would kind of be the dream school. The people they've had at my position the last couple of years have been really good. Plus, they bring them back every summer to work out with the team. I know they would develop me really well.

"I had lunch with Coach (Larry) Coker and all of the coaches I met there were pretty impressive."

* Notre Dame -- "I was really happy that I got to talk with Coach (Charlie) Weis. I was really impressed with Notre Dame. That was one of the most impressive schools I've seen. It seems like he will totally turn that program around. The commits they have now are pretty good. Their campus is beautiful and their academics are strong.

"Nebraska and Notre Dame had the most Academic All-Americans. That is pretty important to me."

* Ohio State -- "That visit went real well. (Assistant coach Luke) Fickell toured me around for the most part. They had a lot of meetings going on that day (Aug. 5). I sat down and talked with Coach Tressel. All of the coaches seemed really cool and down to earth. Their strength and conditioning program looked really good. They have Butch Reynolds as their speed coach. That was really impressive to me. I think they could turn me into a pretty good player.

"The stadium was absolutely amazing. I stood down at midfield and you could just tell what it must be like on a game day there. It seems like a great atmosphere. It was really cool. Their facilities, in general, were very impressive."

Some believe it will only be a matter of time before Reuland joins his former Mission Viejo quarterback Mark Sanchez at USC. But he said he is keeping his options open.

"There is a lot of talk that I'm going to USC no matter what," Reuland said. "But that's not necessarily the case. I do have a definite interest there. Mark Sanchez was our quarterback and he is a good friend of mine.

"But I'm not just going to go with the safe and easy choice. I want to find out what school is best for me. I'm not locked in."

Reuland's biggest goal for now is to help Mission Viejo repeat. Preseason practice starts next week.

"We have a strong group coming back," he said. "We should do really well. We have the mentality that we have to go out and play well every game. If we play every game like we're capable, we think we can go 14-0 again. But we have to do the right things and prepare for every game 100 percent."

Reuland does have some Ohio ties. He was born in the state and lived in Ohio until he was 3 before moving with his family to California.

He holds a GPA in the 3.8-3.9 range and scored a 1600 on the SAT.

Here is a link to Reuland's bio page in the Scout.com database. It contains links to action video as well as a recent video interview conducted by the Nebraska Scout site:

Konrad Reuland Video Links


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