Most Irish fans that follow the team closely will certainly recognize Warren Reuland as the younger brother of Notre Dame freshman tight end Konrad Reuland. Warren will soon be heading into his senior season as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country and he is a recruiting target for the Irish.
"I really like Notre Dame a lot, and they're obviously been one of my favorite schools for some time," Reuland responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I've always been a Notre Dame and an Ohio State fan. I was born in Springfield, Ohio. My grandfather lived in Chicago and he loved [Notre Dame] so that kind of grew on me.
"The [Notre Dame] campus is beautiful. The academics are really good. I'm really academic oriented, so that's important. The history there and walking through the tunnel.... I got to do that for the first time with Konrad when he went out there for an unofficial visit and that was a great experience."
Warren has been to Notre Dame several times and he's planning on making another trip very soon.
"Right now they're sending me a lot of stuff," Warren replied when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "I'm toying a little bit with the text messages to the coaches right now, because that's all they're allowed to do, but I am going to their junior day on March 4."
Warren is certainly a different player than his older brother, but like Konrad, Warren has the ability to make the big play and pull in any ball within reach.
"I think they'll see that I'm a pretty aggressive receiver," Warren said of his abilities. "I have good speed for my height. I jump well. I go up and get the ball wherever it is. I pride myself on running good routes. I have good hands, so I catch everything that comes my way.
"I think [Notre Dame] needs someone to replace [Jeff] Samardzija, who did pretty much everything. I'm a good red-zone target. I go up and get the ball. I jump well, and I think I do everything else well. I think that's what they're looking for in a guy to replace him."
Although Warren has the obvious ties to Notre Dame, he will take his time and look at all of his options.
"I'm going to go where I feel I fit in the best and to the team that wants me and needs me in their system," Warren explained. "Stanford offered me a couple weeks ago. I'm hearing a lot from UCLA, USC, Ohio State. Cal, Oregon and Boston College. I went to the UCLA junior day a couple weeks ago. I think I'm gong to go to the Stanford and USC junior days.
"I haven't narrowed it down much at all at this time. My family is going to help me with my decision as well."
Reuland is currently fighting his way back from an ACL injury he suffered in the last regular season game of the 2006 season.
"I just started running and jogging so that's a big step in the process," Reuland said. "I'm going to rehab three days a week and I'm lifting just about every day with me team, so it's coming along really well.
"I'm going with the mindset that I'm going to be better and stronger than I was before. One of the main things is to get your confidence back. When you're better and you have confidence that you're able to run on it and do everything you were able to do before, that's where you want to get to.
And Reuland's goal will be to be 100 percent for the first day of spring practice, which is in the middle of May.
As a junior, Warren had 35 receptions for approximately 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a sophomore Warren hauled in 25 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns.