Ellsworth's Rabe ends the recruiting process

He was one of the top returning targets on one of the most explosive JUCO offenses in the country and Ellsworth TE John Rabe (6-4, 245) had a handful of schools showing him interest, but one MAC school decided to pony up an offer and after thinking about things, the talented prospect decided he'd heard enough and committed to them...

"I just wanted to let you know, I committed to Northern Illinois," a happy Rabe told JCFootball.com. "I'm just really excited about the opportunity to play D-1 football and to play for such a good staff.

"I had the offer from (Northern Illinois) and I was waiting to see what Iowa State was going to do, but after I sat down and really thought about it, I figured out that it really didn't matter because I really liked the situation and the program at Northern Illinois.

"I called coach (Jerry) Kill but I guess he was at the MAC media day, so I called coach (Brian) Anderson who coaches the tight ends and I told him I wanted to commit," Rabe recalled. "He called coach Kill and told him and then I called him and committed to him in person.

"Both of them were really excited to get my commitment and said they couldn't wait to get me up there.

"I'm really excited to have my decision over with and out of the way, so now I can just focus on school and my football season."

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 could have left at any time, but he will return to play this fall at Ellsworth and sign in December.

He'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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