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Corey Rau SMU Signing Day Profile

Scott breaks down SMU signee Corey Rau in his National Signing Day Profile.

Corey Rau Signing Day Video

SENIOR YEAR STATS: 26 catches, 458 yards and 3 TDs
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Fresno State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Houston, Purdue, Washington, UCF and Texas.
SIDE NOTE: To keep his mind off of football, Rau enjoys working out. 
AUDIBLE: “My patience is running out slowly,” Rau said with a chuckle.  “I just can’t wait to get onto campus and play for the team I love while wearing red, white and blue.”

How Corey Rau fits

Rau will fit in nicely at the tight end position for the Mustangs.  He has good overall athleticism for the position, and he has the size to be a solid blocker as well.  

What Corey Rau brings

At Rau’s size, he has a good blend of speed, quickness and physicality. The Cinco Ranch tight end is a two-dimensional tight end thanks to his ability to block and be an offensive threat.  Rau also has the ability to catch balls in traffic and, because of his size, he isn’t afraid of a little contact in the secondary. At 6-foot-4, Rau has the height and hands to go up and win jump balls against defensive backs.  When he’s blocking, Rau has a good overall motor and has shown he can keep his feet moving and finish blocks.

What to Expect Freshman Year

Rau is already at an ideal playing size for the collegiate level, so he’ll start the season just behind Jeremiah Gaines on the depth chart.  While Coach Morris has always said he’d like most freshmen to redshirt, that won’t be the case for Rau considering the lack of depth at his position. Hunter Herndon returns and has a year under his belt in the offense. Rau will have to compete with him for time too. The playmakers should see ample playing time as a freshman because of his athleticism and ability to block.

Career Expectations for Corey Rau

The tight end should be a very consistent player for the Mustangs for four years.  As Coach Morris is able to install more of his offense, Rau should become more of a factor.  And once Jeremiah Gaines graduates, if not before, Rau will take over as the primary tight end option.  The Katy native has the makeup to be a talented pass-catcher for the Mustangs.


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