Pa. OL discusses Rutgers, other offers

Pittsburgh and North Carolina State have given written offers to this 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman from Pennsylvania, who mixes on-field talent with classroom smarts. He holds a 4.0 GPA, scored better than 1400 on his SATs, is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to graduate in December. But where is he favoring, and how does Rutgers factor into his recruitment?

Kevin Reihner left Rutgers' Junior Day last month with a positive feeling about the school, and was told he would receive an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

Pittsburgh and North Carolina State have offered the 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman from Scranton (Pa.) Prep, who spoke about his Rutgers experience.

"It was really a great experience,'' Reihner said. "I know they say it's about academics, and I'm definitely going to get back out there. I left thinking that was definitely a place I could go to school.

"They're not my No. 1, but I have a good relationship with (assistant) coach (Bob) Fraser. I'll definitely be talking to them more.''

Reihner said his top school is Pittsburgh.

"I've been down there a couple of times'' Reihner said. "I really like the coaches down there. I know the most about them, too. I know the least about N.C. State, and I had a really good visit out at Rutgers on their Junior Day, but I haven't been able to follow up on it yet.''

Reihner plays tackle at Scranton Prep, but he said schools are talking to him about playing either guard or center.

He is also hearing from Penn State, Michigan, Virginia, Stanford, Duke, Michigan State and Illinois, and academics will play an enormous role in the decision.

Reihner's academic interest is in neuroscience, and his plans after football include medical school.

"If I have to put off medical school for a few years to play professional football,'' he said, "there are worse things that can happen.''

Reihner has a 4.0 grade point average, which includes several AP courses, and scored more than 1400 on his SATs. He is a member of the National Honor Society and often tutors his Scranton Prep teammates.

"I definitely want academics and football,'' Reihner said. "I could have gone to the Ivy (League) level with just academics, but I wanted to play top-level football. I'm really looking for the ideal mix.''

Reihner plans to make his decision before his senior season, which will put pressure on him to make as many unofficial visits as possible before the fall.

Among the schools he wants to visit between now and then are Duke, Virginia, Stanford, Michigan and Rutgers. Because Pittsburgh and Penn State, where his dad (George Reihner) played, are within a few hours by car, he also will likely travel to those schools.

"I want to get it done at some point in the summer,'' Reihner said. "I want to know going into my senior season because, right now, things are setting up and I'm going to try and be a December grad.''

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