This weekend prized California tight end prospect Ethan Rae (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) will be in Gainesville for his official visit. According to 247sports, Rae is the 256th ranked prospect and No. 7 overall tight end.
“I went up there in the springtime and I really enjoyed it. I wanted to get back to Gainesville and since it’s far away, I’m using my official so everything is paid for because I wanted to get back over there. They pretty much talk to me every day, make me feel like a priority, and have really been recruiting me heavily. Especially after the first time I visited in the spring,” Rae told Armchair.
The Florida coaching staff has been working non-stop on the recruiting trail since their arrival December, aiming to build relationships with each and every targeted prospect. With Rae, Florida’s doing a great job of building that foundation.
“My relationship with Coach [Dan] Mullen is great. We talk weekly at the least and I talk to tight ends coach Larry Scott a good amount. I like where they envision me in the offense,” Rae said.
During Mullen’s stint as the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida (2005-2008), his offenses effectively used the tight end position, especially in the spread attack, to move the chains and score touchdowns. In his four years, tight ends hauled in 127 catches, to go along with 1,663 yards, and 18 scores (including 14 in his final two seasons). The usage of tight ends in Mullen’s offense attracts Rae.
“They see me as a tight end who can also move into the h-back role, while also moving to the outside. Basically, someone who can do it all. I feel like the offense revolves around the tight end position and he’s making me feel like a priority,” he said.
Rae’s never been inside The Swamp for a gameday environment, but from what he hears and sees on television, he’s thinking about making a return trip this fall to witness this craziness first-hand.
Playing in the SEC automatically gives you a shot to develop and eventually become an NFL-caliber prospect. Rae discusses himself potentially playing in the SEC.
“I think it is very important and I think it’s the best conference in college football. I feel like if I wanted to go to the league eventually, the SEC would definitely prepare me the best,” Rae said.
The Anaheim native revealed to Armchair a list of six schools he is heavily interested in, Florida and Ole Miss are the lone SEC teams.
It’s never an easy task sway any level of prospect to pack their bags and move 2,400 miles away from their parents to play college ball. However, the Gators seem to be in good position to do so with Rae and have an opportunity this weekend to further construct a great relationship.