Reihner admitted, awaiting Cardinal future

Scranton Preparatory (Scranton, Penn.) offensive lineman Kevin Reihner's senior season ended earlier this month in disappointing fashion. The Panthers suffered a plethora of injuries and missed the playoffs with a 3-7 record. A recent conversation with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh helped ease some of the pain, though…

(Writer's Note: This interview was conducted last Thursday, before the Arizona State game.)

Kevin Reihner had just finished school for the day when he saw a missed call from Stanford's head honcho.

"I checked my phone and saw I had a missed call from Coach and called him back," Reihner said. "He asked me how I'm doing, asked how the season is going. We're unfortunately done (with our season), and I congratulated him on the big win (over Arizona), and he said on another good note, ‘You've been accepted.'"

Predictably, Reihner was thrilled to hear the news. Although he's a top-notch student, and wasn't particularly stressed about his admissions chances, the application process itself took a toll.

"I was happy to get it over with," Reihner said. "I got my essays (submitted) in June and then my guidance department lost the school report, a teacher of mine thought he had sent it in but hadn't. (It was) all on my end, it was the application that would never end, so it's good to have it over with and it's even better to be accepted.

"Getting accepted to a school like Stanford, no matter how much I was told to be accepted, it was a special thing to hear."

Since Reihner committed to the Cardinal back in April, he hasn't heard from many other schools trying to sway his Stanford commitment. One look at Reihner's academic record told coaches at other schools all they needed to know.

"A couple schools talked to me when I told them I was committing to Stanford and coaches looked at my profile and understood there was really nothing they could say other than distance (to try and change my mind)," Reihner said. "Once I assured schools that wasn't a problem they pretty much all understood that there was nowhere else I'd be going."

Reihner had originally hoped to visit Palo Alto for the Oregon State game later this month, but was forced to back off those plans for a variety of reasons. He does anticipate visiting The Farm for Big Visit weekend in mid-January along with several other Stanford commits.

"I know Garrett Gladd is taking that one with us, my impression is Kevin Hogan is taking that one with us, Kevin Anderson I'm sure will drive across the street for that." Reihner said. "We're already a pretty close knit group but talking to the 2010 guys they knew each from Facebook like we do pretty well but they said the official visit was really big in them coming together, so I'm looking forward to it."

When Reihner does take his official visit to Stanford after the football season, he thinks Harbaugh will still be Stanford's coach.

"When I committed, Michigan was the big rumor and he assured me Stanford is really where he wants to be," Reihner said. "I understand Coach is doing his job extremely well and everyone wants a little bit of Coach Harbaugh and what he's brought to Stanford football, but at a certain point what other job is more appealing than the one he has right now?

"He has all kinds of talent, quality, quality kids, he's shown that he can contend. If he chooses to make a decision I'd be shocked, but Stanford's still an amazing school and has a whole lot going for it. I expect Coach Harbaugh to be there and I made a decision as such, but that's going to be his decision, but I made mine assuming he's going to be there."

Either way, Reihner is ecstatic – but not surprised - with the way Stanford's current season has transpired.

"We had Oregon, just a couple things went wrong, otherwise we'd be the No.1 team in the country," Reihner said. "I'm thrilled, but shocked, no."

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