Kevin Rehiner, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Scranton, PA/Scranton Prep
Weight: 295 lbs.
Former School: Stanford
(NOTE: this is from when he was in high school in 2010)
I can't even explain how long I've wanted to say this. I just accepted an offer to play for the Nittany Lions. I'm coming home! #WeAre #570— Kevin Reihner (@OscarMyrReihner) February 4, 2015
Hey so this is kinda cool. Penn State grabbed a graduate student commitment tonight in the form of Stanford's Kevin Reihner. His last name probably rings a bell, as his father is former Nittany Lion offensive lineman George Reihner, and his uncle is former Penn State kicker John Reihner. Like his father, Kevin is an offensive lineman. The younger Reihner lined up at center for the Cardinal over the last few years. He's only appeared in 10 career games -- one in 2012, three in 2013 and six last season -- but at the very least, he will add some needed depth to the Nittany Lions' OL.
Reihner comes to Happy Valley by way of Scranton, where he was an All-State selection at Scranton Prep. In high school, he was a composite three-star recruit and the No. 469 player in America, according to 247Sports. He was also the No. 17 player in Pennsylvania and the No. 22 guard prospect in the country.
The flirtation with the Nittany Lions has gone on for a bit, and he recently visited Penn State's campus. Apparently, that did the trick, as Reihner is now a member of the Blue and White.
Of course, since Reihner is a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play from the second he steps on campus. This is awesome, as it gives Penn State some needed depth in the middle of its offensive line. Reihner was recruited as a guard, but he played center, meaning he gives James Franklin/John Donovan/Herb Hand some flexibility up the middle. Now, the team can put Reihner in at center and let Angelo Mangiro move to his natural guard position. If that's not the direction the team wants to go in, Reihner can go to guard and Mangiro can snap the ball to Christian Hackenberg. Hell, he can just provide depth and be a backup. Anything works at this point.
An underrated aspect of this is it gives the Nittany Lions the flexibility to possibly move Derek Dowrey or Brian Gaia -- who both struggled along the offensive line last year -- back to their original position of defensive tackle, which is Penn State's other big position of need heading into 2015. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that it will happen, and it could be advantageous to keep them both on the o-line, but still, options! Those are nice!
You can follow Kevin on Twitter dot com at @OscarMyrReihner, where he tweets hot fire like this:
Just saw a video of ISIS training. If they think they're going to intimidate us with that much hyperextension in their push up lines.. #Ha— Kevin Reihner (@OscarMyrReihner) August 28, 2014
Welcome to Penn State, Kevin!