2006: Konrad Reuland

The 6-6, 240-pounder from Mission Viejo, <b>Konrad Reuland</b>, could be one of the best tight end prospects in the country. He came to UCLA's Junior Day Saturday and raved...

In the Class of 2005, the UCLA coaching staff made tight ends a priority. With Marcedes Lewis set to graduate after this season, the Bruins still have plans to bring in another tight end with the Class of 2006.

And the cream of the crop on the West Coast, if not nationally, is Mission Viejo (Calif.) tight end Konrad Reuland (6-6, 240).

As expected, Reuland is hearing from schools all over the nation, and says has offers from Duke, Nebraska, Arizona, Mississippi and UCLA.

"UCLA offered me about a week ago. I was up at Junior Day (on Saturday) and really enjoyed it. It's a great campus and I really had a good time up there talking with the coaches," said Reuland. "It was really my first chance to get a look at a campus."

Reuland spent most of his time with tight end coach Jon Embree, and also was able to meet with head coach Karl Dorrell. "Coach Embree is really cool. I enjoyed speaking with him. He is a good coach. Coach Dorrell is real cool. I had about 2-3 chances to speak with him and he is a real good guy."

Aside from the five offers, Reuland is also hearing from USC, Ohio State, Miami and most of the rest of the Pac-10. He said, "I'm really wide open right now, I don't have a favorite. I plan to use this summer to take some unofficial trips and see as many colleges that I can. I was born in Ohio, so Ohio State was one of my childhood favorites, and it would be an honor to get an offer from there, but it wouldn't make a real big difference."

Reuland will go to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles in April, but will focus this summer mostly on passing leagues. In addition, he will be one of the receivers at the Elite 11 Camp, something he did last summer.

"We're pretty busy during the summer with our team so I won't be going to a lot of camps," Reuland said.

With six players signing D-I scholarships last year from Mission Viejo, Reuland and fullback Chane Moline headline another loaded MVHS squad. And Reuland said those teammates will be good for counseling during the recruiting process. "I'm really close with all of them. Their insight will be valuable and I know they will tell me truthfully about each of their schools," said Reuland.

In no hurry to make a decision, Reuland said it would take a school really blowing him away to commit early. "But I want to take a lot of time and really see what I'm looking at," he said.

The excellent pass-catcher had a spectacular junior year in helping lead Mission Viejo to the #2 national ranking at the end of the year. Reuland finished with 47 catches for 744 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Diablos.

Academically, Reuland has a 3.8 GPA, but got a 4.0 in his most recent semester. He will take the SAT this month.

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