Northwestern adds former FAU tight end as graduate transfer
A former Florida Atlantic tight end will finish his college football career in the B1G.
Northwestern received a commitment from 6-foot-2, 235-pound tight end John Raine on Friday night, adding experience and depth to the Wildcats’ offense. He had spent the previous four seasons at FAU. Raine will have one year of eligibility remaining and will be immediately eligible to participate as a graduate transfer.
Raine appeared in 42 career games with the Owls, totaling 56 catches for 530 yards and seven touchdowns. The 2019 season was his most productive, hauling in 38 receptions for 343 yards and six touchdowns.
“Grateful for the opportunity to play my last year of college football and earn my masters degree at Northwestern University,” Raine wrote on Twitter.
Heading into the 2020 season, Northwestern lacks offensive weapons at the skill positions. The top play-maker in the passing game, Bennett Skowronek, opted to transfer to Notre Dame rather than return to Evanston for his final year. It was a huge hit to the Northwestern offense.
Pat Fitzgerald’s bunch did receive some good news this offseason, as former Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey will also be joining the program this year. His experience and dual-threat ability would be a huge improvement for the Wildcats at the position and could help the program bounce back from a 3-9 campaign a year ago, the worst in the Fitzgerald era.
Northwestern is scheduled to open the 2020 season against Michigan State.