Former Jayhawk TE tripping to Pullman

A FORMER KANSAS PLAYER who signed with Jayhawks over offers from Kansas State, Arizona and others, is now a sleeper junior college prospect on pace to graduate this month and become eligible to transfer immediately to a D-IA school. One of his top targets is the school he will visit in the New Year -- Washington State.

Editor's Note: Since this story was first published, Reuber told CF.C on Thursday Washington State had rescheduled his visit to Pullman for January 12.

Jim Reuber's story in an interesting one, starting when the Plano, Texas, native chose to walk away from a full ride at Kansas after one year in Lawrence.

"I did well, working with the scout team there and I gained some good experience. Then I was doing well at spring football, but things just weren't working out and I didn't really like it at Kansas," said Reuber (6-4, 250, 4.72).

Transferring to Santa Monica JC for '05, he put together a bang-up freshman season, pulling in 33 catches and was seemingly on his way to drawing a good amount of interest for his second time through the recruiting process.

Living out in California along with his brother turned out to be fairly expensive, and he also thought he might be able to enhance his D-I prospects by returning home to Texas, hooking up with one of the better junior college football programs in the Lone Star State -- Tyler JC.

Reuber said Tyler went with a very heavy rotation this season at both tight end and h-back, and even when he was in the game, he often found himself as the third option. He finished with eight catches for about 150 receiving yards, not exactly numbers that leap off the page. Also perhaps working against him was that he's played at two junior colleges in two years, coaches looking at him this year in Texas may not have necessarily seen his work in California.

IN ADDITION to Washington State, whose interest has ramped up over the last week, Tulsa is showing Reuber some of the recruiting love, he has an offer from Central Arkansas and tape is on the way to Texas A& M and North Carolina. Still, for the most part, he's flown well under the radar for a guy that came out of high school with a pretty good offer list.

But Kevin Lustgarten, publisher of on the Scout network, says Reuber is an untapped talent.

"Reuber was a star at my Southern Cal combine last May," says Lustgarten.

Cougar coaches Leon Burtnett and Greg Peterson are both running the recruiting point for WSU, said Reuber, and Peterson was of course at K-State when the Wildcats offered him coming out of high school. Reuber has not been offered by Washington State, but said he hopes a crimson-hued full ride is coming.

"I've been talking to both coaches Burtnett and Peterson and we've been talking on the phone pretty much every day now," said Reuber. "I just sent them my film about a week ago, they watched it and I guess they loved it, they called me (Sunday) and invited me on a trip (since rescheduled for January.")

With Cody Boyd graduating and the Cougs running plenty of two tight end sets last season, Wazzu could be looking for a tight end this class with the potential to play right away. Reuber said that works for him.

"How fast I can get on the field is the most important part," he said. "Being close to home is not that big a deal to me because I'm going to only be at a school for two years -- I only have two years so I've got to get on the field fast...I've been D-I before. The Big 12 champs (K-State) offered me a scholarship out of high school so hopefully there's some evidence out there for schools that I can play.

"I'm not the tallest tight end but I've got speed, I think I'm pretty strong and I've got good size. For a tight end, I can do whatever you ask me to -- I can block and I can catch the ball."

Older brother Alan Reuber is an offensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals, having done his collegiate turn at Texas A&M.

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