Former Jayhawk Reuber Catches on at TJC

It was nearly three years ago that Jim Reuber (6-4, 250) committed to play his college football at Kansas, choosing the Jayhawks just before his senior season at Plano (Texas) West High School. He was sought after.

After signing with Kansas over offers from Kansas State, Tulane and Arizona, Reuber thought he was set for his collegiate career.  He redshirted the 2004 season at KU, working with the Scout team and positioning himself for a chance to contribute by the time his redshirt freshman season in 2005 started.

"I did well, working with the Scout team and I gained some good experience.  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. 

So Reuber left Lawrence that summer and transferred to Santa Monica (Calif.) City College for the 2005 year and had a strong season with 30 receptions for around 300 yards.  "I only dropped one ball all year," Reuber said.

With the high cost of living in Southern California a factor, Reuber went back to Texas, and he's now set to play his sophomore year at Tyler JC and a handful of schools have been keeping a close watch on him.

"A lot of the attention is because of the (JCFootball.com) Combine in Southern California," said Reuber, who acknowledged that his performance was strong enough to merit the attention.

While Reuber has yet to receive an offer for his services, he did say that four schools have shown their interest in him.

"Cal said I'm on their board and so did Mississippi.  They both want to see my transcripts and their head coaches have been traveling.  Michigan State and Boise State have also shown a lot of interest," said Reuber.

Reuber would have two seasons to play two and he would be able to graduate in December which allows him to be gone by January.

"That's part of the delay, schools want to know for sure that I'll be done in December," said Reuber.  "I want to take some official visits and I think because I didn't do that in high school, it wasn't the best decision.  I want to make an educated decision this time."

Reuber thinks his experience with recruiting and playing major college football once already gives him an advantage.

"I'm older and wiser now.  I've gone up against guys that are now in the league.  I gained some D-I experience," said Reuber.

With his size and speed (Reuber said he runs in the 4.7 range with his 250-pound frame), Santa Monica split him out wide this past year and he said that Tyler is planning to do the same.

His older brother Alan Reuber played at Texas A&M and is now an offensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals.

 


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