Lipscomb Academy graduate and defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier is leaving the University of Oregon. Reitmaier committed to the Ducks just over a year ago and has reportedly never taken an official snap in his year at Oregon. Multiple reasons are being cited by articles, from discontent with the recent Oregon staff changes to wanting to be closer to home. I’ve yet to see an official statement from him though, so take those as The Ducks fans seem to be confused at this announcement, but it’s a big opportunity for Vanderbilt, who had heavily recruited the Nashville native.
Reitmaier was a 4* DT and rivals had him as #21 at his position. He received offers from uhhh literally everyone? Arkansas, Army, Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mizzou, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, UT, Vandy, Wake Forest and West Virginia. If that list of schools who wanted him wasn’t impressive enough for you, have a look at his hudl and realize that he’s had a year of college level training at a top football school to bring those numbers up. Behold, his senior year highlight video.
Reitmaier also made the 2017 Army All-American Roster and was a 2016 Mr. Football semi-finalist.
All things considered, while he’d not start this year, this is a game changing transfer for our area. Depending on what he means by wanting to be “close to home” the list gets very short of schools that formerly offered him. Obviously, you can’t get much closer than we are and that puts us in a prime position to snap up a man who can make an immediate impact on a thin Vanderbilt DL.
GET ON THIS IMMEDIATELY VANDERBILT RECRUITING!
h/t to the VandyMania.com forums for keying me into this.
E: The original version of this article stated Mr. Reitmaier was a Mr. Football finalist. It appears he was a semi-finalist, not a finalist. The article has been updated to reflect this.