Reuland Leaves Notre Dame

The #2-ranked tight end nationally in the class of 2006, Konrad Reuland from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, has left Notre Dame and will be shopping for a new school after a stint at at junior college...

Konrad Reuland, the tight end from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High who was at Notre Dame as a sophomore this season, has left the school and is interested in attending UCLA, according to sources.

Reuland will attend a junior college for the next school year and then be eligible to be recruited by any four-year school. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining.

Reuland met with Notre Dame head coach Charlies Weis Sunday. Weis, in a prepared statement, said, "I appreciate all Konrad has done for Notre Dame and I wish him nothing but the best."

It's believed that Reuland was not given a release by Notre Dame to the school (or schools) of his choice, thus the reason he plans to attend a JC.

By NCAA rules, when a player intends to transfer, the school he is attending has to specifically release the player to the school he intends to transfer to. It's very typical that a school not release a player to transfer to a rival, a school within the same conference or a school they are scheduled to play. Notre Dame might not have wanted to grant Reuland a release to UCLA since the Bruins face Notre Dame October 6th, and Reuland could possibly supply the UCLA coaches information about the Notre Dame schemes.

Reuland, who is 6-6 and 250 pounds, was a reserve at Notre Dame, playing in three of Notre Dame's games this year and in about half of their games for the 2006 season. Tight end could be one of Notre Dame's deepest positions and Reuland was listed at #3 on the depth chart.

Reuland was the #2-ranked tight end in the country in 2006, who chose Notre Dame over his other finalists, UCLA and USC. It's thought that USC, also, would be of interest to Reuland and possibly Stanford, since his younger brother, Warren Reuland, a senior wide receiver at Mission Viejo, is verbally committed to the Cardinal.

The reason behind Reuland leaving Notre Dame was uncertain. It is the second highly-regarded recruit to leave Notre Dame this year after quarterback Demetrius Jones left the program recently. Jones failed to board a team bus to the Michigan game September 14th and then enrolled at Notre Dame without telling Notre Dame officials.

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