It's hard to imagine a better receiving duo than Rabb and teammate Julien Petit. They're both about 6-3, 200 pounds, each was a qualifier out of high school, and both possess great hands. Despite the similarities, each took completely different routes to Saddleback.
Unlike Petit, who landed a football scholarship from Colorado State out of high school, Rabb better known for his basketball prowess. Although he enjoyed a first-team all-conference senior season in football, he decided to pursue basketball at Irvine Valley College. He played one season for IVC, but then left for personal reasons. Not sure what he wanted to do with his life, Rabb went to stay with his cousin, Jonathan Smith, in faraway Pullman, Washington. Smith was a scholarship running back for Washington State University and former Pasadena CC record-breaker. After some soul searching and talks with his cousin, Rabb returned to southern California where he enrolled at Saddleback College and joined the football team.
Rabb was a bit rusty having spent more than a year away from the gridiron. "I spent the first couple of games getting into the flow," he said. "About a third of the way through the season I started to become a valuable factor." That's somewhat of an understatement, really.
In week 8, Rabb hauled in 13 passes for 189 yards and 1 TD. He was one catch short of breaking Saddleback's single game record for receptions. Rabb finished the 10-game season with 40 receptions for 667 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Petit was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year after hauling in 38 balls for 700 yards and 7 touchdowns. His average yards per catch of 18.4 was slightly better than Rabb's who came in at 16.7.
It looks like perseverance and good judgment will pay off for Rabb, who is being recruited by four-year programs nationwide. "Texas A&M, LSU, Wyoming, and lately Cal are recruiting me the hardest," said Rabb, who also mentioned Oregon State, Washington State, Oklahoma, and North Carolina State as showing early interest. Right now, however, he's focused on improving and will do what he can to help Saddleback make the playoffs next season. Working against D1 prospect, cornerback Rasheed Prescott ("He's dedicated, never intimidated, and has phenominal quickness," says Rabb), is helping Rabb to improve. Prescott (5-9, 180) is reportedly being recruited by Nevada, Colorado, NC State, and Oregon State.
If all goes according to plan you'll see Rabb -- and Petit -- playing on television in the fall of 2005.
Mission Conference Stats (PDF)