Panthers Offer Scranton Prep Junior

Scranton Prep guard Kevin Reihner was one of the first juniors to be tendered a written scholarship offer from the Panthers on September 1. The Pantherdigest.com catches up with Reihner.

Scranton (Pa.) Prep guard Kevin Reihner currently holds and offer from Pittsburgh. He has also been receiving attention from Michigan, Penn State, Stanford, Michigan State, Illinois and Connecticut. The Panthers offered him on September 1, the first day juniors could be tendered written offers.

"We drove out there (Pittsburgh) for a practice and they said they were going to offer me." Reihner said. "I was expecting it, but just not as quickly as it came. I'm being recruited by Coach Brian Angelichio. I really like the offensive line coach (Tony) Wise at Pitt and the way he runs his practice. He is a very enthusiastic guy.

"The facilities at Pitt are unbelievable," Reihner said. "It is pretty cool that they share with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but realistically you aren't going to see or talk to those guys much, so I wouldn't base my decision that. We drove around the campus and we saw all the buildings like the Cathedral of Learning it is a nice place. I really like the South Side and how nice it is becoming down there."

If it seems odd that Reihner knows a lot about Pittsburgh it's not. The Reihner family has deep roots in western Pennsylvania.

"My dad is from Washington and played at Wash High," Reihner explained. "My uncle still lives there."

Being a Penn State legacy Reihner knows a lot of the Nittany Lions program.

"Penn State is a great school and I grew up as a fan," Reihner said. "It would be cool to follow in my dad's footsteps, but he never pushes it on me. I'm going to go where it is the best fit me. I have been to a bunch of games there and I have been to their football camp several times. I really like the offensive line coach (Dick) Anderson a lot. My mom and my dad went to Penn State. Two of my uncles went to Penn State; I have aunts that went to Penn State. My parents are just telling me to keep an open mind."

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound interior lineman also sports a (4.0) GPA, so obviously academics are important to him as well.

"Academics will play a huge role in any decision I make," Reihner said. "Football is great and I love it, but I want a degree and I want to study something in the medical field. I really like science and always have. I want to go to a school that is highly regarded academically. UPMC down at Pitt is a great place for that. Virginia and Michigan also have great med programs as well. They also have good football programs."

Reihner also scored 1470/1600 on his math/verbal on the SAT test.


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