"I'm going to narrow my list to three schools in the next couple of weeks," explained Reuland, of Mission Viejo High School, Calif. "I might possibly take two more visits. I haven't scheduled the others yet."
"I was thinking of doing a visit to Stanford this weekend (Nov. 18). But, I'm not going to do that. They are off my list.
"I thought hard about it, and I couldn't really see myself there," Reuland said.
His sole official visit this season has been to Notre Dame on Nov. 12.
"I really had a good visit. I was out there unofficially this summer to check it out, and I saw the campus and found out about the academics, so all of that was out of the way for the official visit. I was able to focus on the game day atmosphere and I really had a good time.
"I could see myself fitting in there, definitely," he concluded.
"I am looking for a place with great academics -- that's really important to me. Also, a place that excels in football, where, if all goes well, will prepare me to make the next level. It needs to be a place balanced between football and academics, definitely.
"It would be a huge plus if the school had the type of exposure to possibly get me into the NFL, but it's not a basis on which I am looking at programs."
UCLA and USC are the only programs he is now looking at in-state. "They are both still on my list. I mean, UCLA has really got it going this year. They are a team on the rise. I really like the way they utilize their tight end, Marcedes Lewis. And the coaching staff… I am close with them; they are great guys.
"Close to home would be nice, but it's not by any means a major factor, though. I'm not afraid to leave Southern California. The comfort level is a plus.
"USC, well, they get it done year in and year out. They will be on top for a while. Coach (Pete) Carroll would be a fun guy to play for -- he's a dynamic guy. You can't go wrong with a program like that," Reuland explained.
"From a tight end's perspective, Miami is intriguing. They have had top tight ends year in and year out. I know they could develop me into a good player. They really get it done with their tight ends. Coach (Mario) Cristobal (tight ends) and I have a good relationship. I was there this summer and I know they have a good education there.
"Nebraska is another school like UCLA -- they are on the rise. Coach (Bill) Callahan has implemented the West Coast offense there, and I think they will continue to get better and better. They will be one up near the top in a few years. I like the way the tight end is featured in the West Coast offense -- that's good for me. There's kind of some sentimental attachment there, too, because they were the first to offer," he concluded.
Mission Viejo is 10-0 on the season with their first game of playoffs set to face Saugus (4-6). According to Reuland, "A lot of times I only play the first half because we are winning by so much. I usually just sit out the second half and watch the second and third string play. Very rarely this season have our starters played into the fourth quarter for us." Reuland's stats this season reflect his amount of game play. He reports 20 catches for 250-300 yards and four touchdowns.
3.8 GPA/1610 SAT