Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Konrad Reuland Leaves Notre Dame

If you've followed UCLA recruiting over the years then the name Konrad Reuland might ring a bell. The former Mission Viejo Diablo was a highly ranked, and highly recruited, tight end in the 2006 class. It came down to USC, UCLA, and Notre Dame for his services and Konrad chose the Irish over his southland favorites.

It looks like Reuland might have a change of heart. After spending 1+ seasons in South Bend, Konrad has left Notre Dame and is headed back home. He will likely enroll at a local JC and finish out the 2007 season earning his associate degree. The reason for his departure isn't clear but playing time may have been a factor with the big tight end 3rd on the depth chart. He did play in 11 games over the last two season, but mainly in a reserve role.

He had this to say to the South Bend Tribune, “Basically, it came down to the fact I wasn’t happy with where I was. It was combination of things, not just football, not just the school. I wanted badly to be happy again, and felt this move was the best thing for me".

Why should you care? Well, Reuland will be a big time prospect again this winter and the Bruins are sure to figure into his final decision. USC is also interested and Stanford might be in the mix as Konrad's younger brother, Warren, is committed to the Cardinal for the 2008 season. It sounds like Konrad wants to be near family and friends to that would put UCLA near the front of the pack for his services.

Reuland's key measurables: 6'6", 240 lbs. Both Rivals and Scout ranked Reuland as one of the top-3 tight ends in the country when he graduated high school. Scout gave him 5-stars and Rivals 4-star. With 3 years of eligibility left, Reuland can open up his recruiting to any school after completing his associate degree at a local Junior College.

(photo credit: scout.com)

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