Dec. 31, 2012; El Paso, TX, USA; Southern California Trojans tight end Xavier Grimble (86) runs with the ball during the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. The Yellow jackets beat the Trojans 21-7. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

USC TE Xavier Grimble declares for 2014 NFL Draft


The 2014 NFL Draft class features a number of talented underclassmen tight ends including North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins of Washington, but another player has added their name to the list.

The latest underclassmen tight end to forgo their final year of eligibility to declare for the draft is Xavier Grimble of the USC Trojans.

“I’ve been at ‘SC for four years and have had a pretty productive career,” Grimble said, via the Los Angeles Times. “I’m healthy and just want to move on and give it a shot…. I feel like it was kind of my time.”

Grimble becomes the fifth USC underclassmen to go pro, joining wide receiver Marqise Lee, center Marcus Martin, safety Dion Bailey and defensive tackle George Uko.

With his USC career now in the books, Grimble enters the NFL with 69 catches and five touchdowns under his belt.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 15.

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