By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Mac's Rubado chooses 'Cats

McMinnville senior Grant Rubado will continue his football career in his hometown.

Rubado, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound tight end/defensive end for the Grizzlies, chose to play for Linfield over George Fox. He expects to play on the offensive side of the ball for the Wildcats, either as an “H” receiver – split out in the slot – or as a an inline tight end.

“I really like all the coaches at both schools, but at Linfield I felt more at home, on campus, within the program,” Rubado said. “It seemed like the right fit for me.”

Rubado was a Class 6A Pacific Conference second-team selection in 2013 and a member of the News-Register All-Valley football team. He caught 32 passes for 585 yards (18.3 yards per reception) and nine touchdowns in 10 games played.

The Grizzlies finished 2013 with a 6-5 record (3-4 Pacific) and an appearance in the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs. It was McMinnville’s best season on the gridiron since 2005.

Rubado is the second Mac football player to further his career, after quarterback Gage Gubrud announced his intention to walk onto the Eastern Washington football team.

“Going from high school to college, the guys are a lot bigger and faster and stronger,” Rubado said. “I need to get up to that level. Those guys are there because they really want to be there and everybody wants to play. You’ve got to work 10 times harder.”

Rubado said his primary recruiters were Linfield head coach Joseph Smith and tight ends coach Greg McAnally.

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