Reuland Is Coming to South Bend

The Irish recruiting machine keeps rolling as Scout.com's No.2 ranked tight end prospect Konrad Reuland picked Notre Dame today over USC and UCLA. Reuland, a 6-6, 240-pound standout from Mission Viejo high school (Calif.) becomes the 25th football commitment for the 2006 recruiting class.

"Notre Dame," Konrad Reuland announced the Irish over USC and UCLA on CSTV. "All three schools are great schools academically and from a football standpoint, but in the end I had to go with my heart and with what I felt deep down inside. All three had a lot of good things going for them. It was a really tough decision and it just came down to what I felt inside and when I closed my eyes, where I imagined I'd be next year – the place that stood out to me was Notre Dame.

"It was very tough. It was by far the toughest decision that I had to make. This past week, I've just been going over it, over and over it in my head, kind of switching back and forth. It's really been stressful and it's nice to get it out of the way. Playing with Mark would have been awesome. He's a great quarterback and we had a great year last year, but it just didn't work out.

"Freshman year I didn't even play football actually," Konrad responded when asked if he considered playing at Notre Dame as an option when he was a freshman in high school. "I started playing sophomore year. Even two years ago, I never imagined myself playing for Notre Dame – definitely not.

"Not just what he's done this year, but the way he's recruited me," Reuland said when asked if Charlie Weis' influence on the Irish had swayed his decision. "They've done a great job recruiting me and I really felt wanted over there. This year has been an awesome year and they have a great group of guys returning for next year's team, and I think I have chance to get in and contribute next year.

"Yeah, I'd say so – definitely," he said when asked if Notre Dame had paid him the most recruiting attention of his top three schools.

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