#2 Tight End Still Has Big List

The #2-ranked tight end prospect in the country, Konrad Reuland from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, took a summer trip where he visited a few schools around the nation. UCLA does have some help in recruiting him, though...

With his scholarship offers "in the thirties," Mission Viejo (Calif.) High tight end Konrad Reuland now will face the task of narrowing down those schools vying for his services to a more manageable number.

"In a week, I plan to get it down to 6 to 8 schools, then narrow it down to 3 to 5, and decide where I'll take my official trips to. I'll take my trips after the season. I want to focus on my season and don't want any distractions during the year," said Reuland.

Over the past few weeks, Reuland took a tour of four schools outside of the west, going to Nebraska, Miami, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

"Football is huge out there. I kind of expected that because I was born out in Ohio. I've heard about Ohio State and Michigan getting over 100,000 and it's crazy. Nebraska selling out 200 something games in a row. Out here it's big too but there is so much other stuff to do. It was kind of cool seeing that atmosphere," said Reuland.

While he said he hasn't begun to narrow it down yet, he did say that the four schools he visited, as well as the four California schools, Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA, were all schools still heavily in the mix for him.

"During the spring I went to a practice at USC and also visited Stanford. I went to UCLA's Junior Day, too," said Reuland. "I'm not leaning towards leaving the state or staying in the state. I'll begin to figure that out down the line."

Reuland said the unofficial trips allowed him time to think about what he is specifically looking for in a program.

"It's going to be the school that fits me best. One that will get me as far as I can go athletically, and academically as well. That is really important to me because football is never a sure deal. I really want a good degree to fall back on. All the schools I'm looking at are good, strong academic schools," Reuland said.

He said that during the season he will decide on his five official visits, and said that if either UCLA or USC is in his final five, he would take an official visit and not an unofficial, to them.

For now, Reuland said his attention will shift to his senior year, one in which the Diablos are expected to not just win another CIF Division II title, but are a legitimate contender for the #1 final national ranking, which they just missed in 2004, when they finished #2 nationally.

Already this year, The Sporting News has picked Mission Viejo as their top team in the nation.

"We've got the schedule set up for us to get to #1 at the end of the year. We open up with Issaquah (Wash.) High on Labor Day. I'm looking forward to playing that game (at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks). We play De La Salle at home and Mater Dei. Instead of Los Alamitos, we'll play Long Beach Jordan. We start two-a-days on Friday," said Reuland.

Reuland has former Mission Viejo teammates playing college ball all over the country, including Chase and Chad Moline at UCLA. He said each is doing their part in recruiting him.

"They are all putting in their little words here and there and it would be cool to play with some of my teammates, but they know I have to find the best fit for me. But to have one of those guys on my team, though, would be great," Reuland said.

An excellent pass-catcher, Reuland finished with 47 catches for 744 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Diablos. This year, he is hoping for even more.

"We're definitely ready. I feel we have the best team in the nation and the best program. We're working hard and ready to give it our all and come out and play. We've just got to stay focused," Reuland said.

Academically, Reuland has a 3.8 GPA and took the SAT in the spring.

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