Rabe talks about unofficial to MAC school

Ellsworth TE John Rabe (6-4, 245) thought he might be close to getting an offer from one MAC school earlier this spring, but things didn't pan out the way he'd hoped. However, that hasn't deterred the talented JUCO prospect and recently he updated JCFootball.com on recruiting and some unofficial visits he's either taken or plans to take this summer...

"Things didn't really work out with Central Michigan like I thought they would," Rabe told JCFootball.com. "They thought they had an offer available for me, but right before I was supposed to visit them back in May they were like 'oh wait, we don't have an offer now'. I guess some paperwork got messed up and they didn't actually have one like they thought they did, so I obviously didn't visit.

"Last week I took an unofficial visit to Northern Illinios and I was really impressed with the coaches and the school. It is a good program they are building there and I really enjoyed my time there."

Another school looking to get an unofficial visit this summer is Iowa State, but those plans had to change because Rabe's father was unable to go.

"I was supposed to head up there this week, but we had to reschedule it because my dad couldn't make it," Rabe said. "He really wants to go up with me and see it and check it out, so that's another school I'm planning to visit and see for myself."

Last season, Ellsworth's offense averaged 491 yards per game, including 284 passing yards per game. While most of the passing went to receivers like Quintin Robinson, who signed with Toledo, Rabe worked the middle of the field and hauled in 25 receptions for 488 yards and two touchdowns.

"We run the spread, so I played in the slot or out wide a lot," Rabe said. "I played a lot on the end of the line too though and I blocked a lot because we ran a lot out of the spread.

"I'm probably a better receiver and in our offense I would definitely say that's how I'm used the most, but I've really improved as a blocker and I work on it all the time."

Rabe was a full-qualifier as a prep, so he can leave at any time, but he plans to play this fall at Ellsworth and sign with a school in December. He'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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