December 4, 2007

CU, Stanford in most contact with Reuland

After deciding to leave the Notre Dame football program earlier this fall, Konrad Reuland enrolled at Saddleback College in his hometown of Mission Viejo, Calif.

The 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end began the recruiting process all over again. He took an official visit to Colorado in mid-October and he took an unofficial visit to Stanford this past weekend.

"Stanford and Colorado are the two programs that I have kept in the most contact with," Reuland explained. "There a handful of others that have been in contact. Most of them said they are focused on trying to get all their high school prospects signed and then they will recruit me after that. So while it is coming down to crunch time for high school kids with recruiting, mine will probably not start picking up until after signing day."

After checking out both colleges, what are Reuland's impressions of Colorado and Stanford?

"Colorado is a program that is definitely on the rise," he expressed. "They have a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing this year. Even thought they are young and inexperienced, they won six games and made a bowl game. I think they are really going to be good these next couple years. And I think I could come in and contribute right away. Their coaching staff is also great. I love their coaching staff.

"First off with Stanford, that was my dream school growing up. And academically, if you get a degree from Stanford they are set. From a football standpoint, Coach Harbaugh and the rest of their coaches seem real energetic. A lot of the guys on their staff are younger. With Colorado, it's the same thing. So they can kind of relate to the players better. Playing for either staff would be great.

"I think Colorado and Stanford are in similar situations right now. Stanford had their big win over Cal and they beat USC this year so you can kind of see the tides turning over there. I can see them potentially moving up and being one of the top tier teams in the Pac-10 in the future."

Konrad's younger brother Warren Reuland is one of the top wide receiver prospects in California from the Class of 2008. He has already given a verbal commitment to Stanford.

"I come from a pretty tight knit family and my brother and I are kind of like best friends so that would definitely be a big plus for me to go to Stanford and be able to play with him," he expressed. "But as I told him coming out of high school, going out to Notre Dame, 'Don't make your decision based off of me. You have to go off your instinct and what you feel is right'. And I am going to do the same exact thing.

"Is my brother going to Stanford going to be a factor in my decision? Definitely. If it is too close to call, going and playing with my brother would be cool. But at the same time, I have a lot of good friends and ex-teammates from high school that are playing at Colorado. So I definitely feel comfortable there.

"Either way I am going to feel comfortable with those two schools but there definitely an opportunity for other schools to get in the mix. I haven't narrowed it down to those two."

Reuland needs to earn his AA degree before transferring to his college of choice. "It will take me through the spring to get that so I won't be ready to [transfer] until the summer for preseason camp," he explained. "I will then have three years to play two. I still have my redshirt year."

Reuland was ranked by Rivals.com as the third best tight end prospect from the Class of 2006. Coming out of high school, he held offers from nearly every prestigious program in the country.

"I think what separates me from most other tight ends is my ability to not only run, stretch the field and catch passes but be a consistent blocker as well," he said. "I am a pretty balanced tight end."

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