Konrad Reuland Makes The Call

Konrad Reuland, who started his college career at Notre Dame before leaving last September, will continue his career in Palo Alto, picking Stanford on Saturday, where he'll join his younger brother, Warren, a Stanford commit expected to sign on Wednesday with the Cardinal...

Konrad Reuland, the tight end transfer from Notre Dame, who was the #2 tight end nationally in 2006, has made his decision on where he'll continue his career.

"I chose Stanford," said Reuland. "I'm really excited and it's an exciting time for my family. The whole coaching staff was pretty excited to hear the good news."

The decision to pick the Cardinal will give Reuland the opportunity to play at least two more years with his younger brother, Warren, a longtime commit who will sign with Stanford on Wednesday.

"It wasn't the biggest factor, because I wanted to find the best place for me, but it's obviously a factor," said Reuland. "He was pushing for it the whole time, always in my ear, saying 'when we're at Stanford.' It kind of got under my skin. Nah, I'm kidding. Really, though, it's nice to have that opportunity. It will be easy on my parents.

Reuland found out earlier this week that he was admitted into Stanford, yet chewed on the decision to commit there, while considering Oregon and Colorado.

"It was a tough decision; I had to think about it for a half a week," said Reuland. "I kept going back and forth but I'm happy with where im going."

Reuland explained the transition he'll make to Stanford next year.

"I have to finish this year and get my A.A. (at Saddleback CC), and then I can't play because of the NCAA rule of sitting out for 365 days. I can't play until September 24, so I would miss the first four games. Then I'd have to decide if I want to redshirt. I want to see how the summer goes, see how quickly I pick up the offense before I make the decision. I haven't used my redshirt year yet. I played as a true freshman, and I played this year before I left. So I can play the next two years or I could sit out this year as a redshirt and play the next two [2009-10]," Reuland explained.

Reuland said he weighed himself today, and he was at 262, and he's currently standing 6'6".

"My playing weight is 260-265, so I want to make sure it's all really good weight. I want to get into the best shape of my life and be ready," said Reuland.

No stranger to the recruiting process, Reuland was hotly pursued by several programs in 2006 before signing with Notre Dame. This time around was even more stressful.

"It's definitely a big relief to have it out of the way because this time around, it was much more stressful," said Reuland. "When I decided last time, I thought I had four years, maybe five. This time around, I was like, 'this is it'. It's just a big relief. I feel very confident I made the right decision. With all the schools I looked at - Colorado, Oregon, Stanford - it just came down to the fact that Stanford was the right fit for me."

Reuland said his parents were thrilled to know both he and Warren would be playing together for the next few years.

"They're really excited," said Reuland. "This time around, I told them I wanted to do this by myself. Once I told them my decision yesterday, they were excited. That's what they were hoping for. I'm sure they're looking forward to going to just one game instead of flying halfway across the country each week.

Reuland plans to head up to Palo Alto in early summer.

"I think I'm going to go up in June and try and learn as much as I can," said Reuland.

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