Four-star Orange Lutheran star Ethan Rae committed to the USC football recruiting class for 2019 on Thursday, giving the Trojans another promising tight end.
The USC football recruiting class for 2019 continued its steady growth this summer with the addition of four-star tight end Ethan Rae on Thursday night.
Rae announced his commitment on Twitter with a simple message:
“The University of Southern California…I’M HOME!!!”
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end is the 10th-best at his position for the class of 2019, per the 247Sports composite. He ranks 246th nationally and 30th in California.
With that size, he’ll be able to stand up to the rigors of college blocking while also presenting himself as a receiving option.
UCLA had been pegged to land the Orange Lutheran product, but the Trojans came on strong in the last month. As a result, USC picked up another strong tight end prospect to keep the cardinal and gold cupboard full.
Senior tight end Tyler Petite will definitely be leaving after the 2018 season while redshirt junior Daniel Imatorbhebhe will be eligible to jump to the NFL should he choose. Though the Trojans added four-star Josh Falo and three-star Erik Krommenhoek in the class of 2017, attempts to sign another tight end in 2018 fell short. That makes Rae’s addition all the more valuable. It also means he may not be the only one in the class.
USC remains in the mix for St. John Bosco’s Jude Wolfe, who will be announcing his commitment later this summer, and De La Salle’s Isaiah Foskey. Either could become part of a two-man tight end class in 2019.
The Trojans’ 2019 class just increased to nine commits with a pledge from four-star cornerback Chris Steele. Rae joins Steele and four-star offensive tackle Jason Rodriguez as USC’s three Top 250 commitments.