Nation's #2 Tight End Has Top Three

Konrad Reuland, the 6-6,240-pounder from Mission Viejo, who has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game, says he has three schools that currently top his list that he's certain he'll visit officially...

While Mission Viejo (Calif.) tight end Konrad Reuland (6-6, 240) says six schools remain in contention for his services, he also said three schools specifically are at the top.

"I'm down to six schools, but I have three that lead right now," Reuland said. "Notre Dame, USC and UCLA are my top three schools. I'm still hanging on to Stanford, Nebraska and Miami."

Reuland has yet to take an official visit to any of those schools, but will make his first official trip the second weekend in November when he visits Notre Dame. The Irish will host Navy that weekend.

"I've heard it is pretty crazy there during the games. I'm looking forward to going out there and seeing them play up close," Reuland said.

Reuland stated that he will officially visit UCLA and USC and then decide from Stanford, Miami and Nebraska which schools will get the final two trips.

"I don't know if I will take the other trips during the season, but I do know that I will visit UCLA and USC officially," said Reuland. "Then I just need to decide who of Nebraska, Miami and Stanford will get the other visits."

Reuland pointed out what each school had going for them in his recruitment:

"With Notre Dame, they have Coach (Charlie) Weis and he's such a dynamic guy, a great coach and a good guy. Plus, the tradition they have is second to none. USC has Coach Carroll and he has a lot of charisma. He's a guy who would be awesome to play for and of course they are the best team in the country. For UCLA, it's the way they utilize their tight ends, the way they use Marcedes Lewis. It's also a team on the rise and it would be cool to bring them back to prominence. (Mission Viejo teammate) Chane Moline just committed there too and we've talked before about playing together," said Reuland.

The proximity to home for USC and UCLA also plays a role in Reuland's choice. "They are both close to home and it is a little bit of a plus for USC and UCLA. I'm not afraid to leave the state, though. But it is nice to stay close to home," Reuland said.

Speaking on the other three schools on his list, Reuland said, "Stanford is a great school and you can't really go wrong with that kind of school. Nebraska and Miami always have good teams and they are intriguing, especially Miami with their history of tight ends."

Reuland has set Christmas as his desired time to have a decision made, but said if he doesn't decide by then, it wouldn't be too long afterwards. "The latest I would announce my decision would be at the Army All-American game. If I don't make it by Christmas then by the game for sure," said Reuland.

Reuland was still glowing about his selection to the Army All-American Game. "That was a big-time honor. I'm really excited to be selected to that game. It's definitely a cool thing. They came to my school and did a huge thing to select me. I'm real excited about getting down there and meeting all the big time recruits. It's going to be a lot of fun," said Reuland. Because Mission Viejo has blown out most of its opponents, Reuland's numbers are behind what they were a year ago, having 10 catches for 142 yards and four touchdowns.

Academically, Reuland is fully qualified.

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