Things open back up for Rabe

Over the past two years, one of the top receiving tight ends in the country has been Ellsworth's John Rabe (6-4, 245). He put up solid numbers as a freshman in 2009 and, because of that productivity, he got some early attention from Northern Illinois and committed to them during the summer. However, with head coach Jerry Kill heading to Minnesota he's opened things back up...

"When I committed there, I was completely sold on the program and what coach Kill was doing there," Rabe told "I'm still interested in them, but I need to see what the new coach will do there and I need to talk to him.

"Until that happens, I'm opening things back up, but I need to see what happens here pretty soon."

When Rabe committed to Northern Illinois, he had an offer on the table from Iowa State, but said he's now hearing mainly from 1AA schools.

"Northern Iowa has offered me and they want to get me out for a visit," Rabe noted. "I'm also hearing from South Dakota State and Illinois State and Minnesota is a possibility, but coach Kill said he and his staff need to get up there and see what they have before they can go on me.

"I was actually visiting Northern Illinois on December 4th and saw it all go down right in front of me with coach Kill leaving. He and I talked and he told me it right to my face, so I thought that was cool that he at least cared enough to tell me and us in person."

As a freshman last fall, Rabe worked the middle of the field and hauled in 25 receptions for 488 yards and two touchdowns and this season he was just as productive hauling in 46 receptions for 487 yards and two touchdowns.

Rabe hopes to sign with a school before the end of the year, but said he could take some visits in January if things don't work out.

Wherever he ends up, Rabe will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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