Internet rumors circulated last night that sophomore tight end Konrad Reuland was transferring from Notre Dame, and those rumors became reality Monday when Charlie Weis released a statement announcing Reualnd’s intentions.
After meeting with Konrad Reuland on Sunday, he has decided he will leave he team and withdraw from Notre Dame. I appreciate all Konrad has done for Notre Dame, and I wish him nothing but the best.
Reuland told the South Bend Tribune that he just wasn’t happy at Notre Dame for a variety of reasons.
“Basically, it came down to the fact I wasn’t happy with where I was,” the 6-foot-6, 255-pound sophomore from Mission Viejo, Calif., told the Tribune via cell phone Monday. “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.
“I realize Notre Dame is a very special place. I wouldn’t have picked it from all the schools in the country if it wasn’t. But it didn’t work out for me on a personal level. I felt the change was the best.”
It’s likely that Reuland wasn’t happy at least in part because the former five star recruit was passed on the depth chart by fellow classmate Will Yeatman in the summer and then by freshman Mike Ragone more recently. Reuland was sitting 4th on the depth chart with five star prospect Kyle Rudolph and four star Joseph Fauria already verbally committed to Notre Dame for next year.
Reuland is now the 3rd and most highly touted transfer out of Weis’s first full recruiting class. Reuland was a five star prospect and picked Notre Dame over USC among other schools. He has seen very little playing time this year and with Ragone passing him on the depth chart already he was going to be fighting an uphill battle for playing time moving forward. Ragone, while extremely talented, is still a bit undersized, but he was still lining up as the third tight end in some obvious running downs this weekend and is said to be a stronger blocker than Reuland already.
While it’s never a good thing to have transfers, this transfer will hurt Notre Dame more in terms of how it looks to outsiders than it will in terms of depth right now considering Yeatmen still have two years of eligibility and Ragone three after this season to replace John Carlson who is in his final year of eligibility. Where it could hurt Notre Dame more is on the recruiting trail where opposing coaches will point to news like this as a sign Weis is losing control of the team even though at the end of day, it is more about the 4th string tight end looking to play somewhere else.
Reuland does not know where he intends on transferring to at this point, but there has been some speculation that he will enroll at a junior college this year and then transfer somewhere next year when he will be able to transfer anywhere without needing Notre Dame to release him from his scholarship.