Tight end Xavier Grimble will be returning to USC for his senior season, according to Lindsey Thiry of Fox Sports.
RS JR TE Xavier Grimble tells me he plans to put off NFL & return for his final season of eligibility at USC, http://t.co/gJdL7rONs2
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) December 10, 2013
Grimble has always been touted as an NFL-level talent but he has never truly broken out for the Trojans. Injuries played a major part in that, as did Lane Kiffin’s offense which didn’t utilize tight ends in the passing game as much as USC offenses have in the past.
In 2013, Grimble was third on the team in receptions with 23 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He was named an All Pac-12 honorable mention.
As it stands, NFLdraftscout.com has Grimble rated as the fourth best tight end in the draft and a potential third round pick.
One big reason Grimble is returning next year may be the prevalence of the tight end in new head coach Steve Sarkisian’s offense.
Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins made the All Pac-12 second team offense, racking up 33 receptions for 413 yards and seven touchdowns in Sarkisians offense this year. Last year his production was even greater with 69 catches, 852 yards and seven scores.