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USC TE Xavier Grimble is headed to the NFL

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The exodus of underclassmen to the NFL continues.

This time it’s USC junior tight end Xavier Grimble, who told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday night that he has decided to declare for the NFL draft.

“I’ve been at ‘SC for four years and have had a pretty productive career,” Grimble told The Times in a phone interview Tuesday night. “I’m healthy and just want to move on and give it a shot…. I feel like it was kind of my time.”

Grimble is the fifth Trojan to declare early for the draft, joining wide out Marqise Lee, center Marcus Martin, safety Dion Bailey and defensive tackle George Uko.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder — ranked the No. 1 prep tight end in the class of 2010 — caught 69 passes and scored five touchdowns in his USC career, with 25 catches and two touchdowns coming this past season.

His departure leaves the Trojans with two scholarship tight ends, senior Randall Telfer and junior Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, both of whom played a lot this past fall (when healthy). USC also has a verbal commitment from one of the top high school tight ends in the country, Bryce Dixon, of Ventura, Calif., so Grimble is leaving the Trojan tight end position in able hands.

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4 Responses to “USC TE Xavier Grimble is headed to the NFL”
  1. addict2sport says: Jan 8, 2014 10:22 AM

    Under 300 yds and just 2 TDs this season and going pro? I guess he’s letting it ride on the Jordan Cameron approach.

  2. asimonetti88 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:23 PM

    addict2sport says: Jan 8, 2014 10:22 AM

    Under 300 yds and just 2 TDs this season and going pro? I guess he’s letting it ride on the Jordan Cameron approach.
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    He was a highly regarded recruit, and although his production hasn’t always matched it, he is very talented. With the right coaching at the next level, he could be a productive receiving TE.

  3. DonKellyBaby says: Jan 8, 2014 4:58 PM

    Production wasn’t there but the athletic ability is. Some team will take this guy in the 3rd round after he blows it up at the combine.

  4. addict2sport says: Jan 9, 2014 9:20 AM

    I agree. With the right scheme, he would’ve been a productive TE at the college level. Surprised he didn’t stay with Sark coming in. His scheme had proven to produce numbers for TEs. I hope it works out for Gimble; he definitely has the potential. Like I said, let it ride on the Jordan Cameron route to the NFL.

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