Old Rivals, New Teammates

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Dillard and Farimond.jpgAs a high school junior, Darik Dillard had to avoid James Farrimond, but this fall, they will be teammates at Rice.  Farrimond joined the Owls last fall as a walkon, while Dillard will join the team this fall after signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.  This photo was taken in San Antonio, Texas on October 8, 2010 John Albright / Special to the Express-News.

Darrion Pollard of Gilmer NLI has been successfully delivered into the proper hands and he is the 24th and final member of the 2012 Rice football recruiting class.

Presser at 2:30, free on OwlVision and we will post player videos at that time.  Hope to see you tonight at the Signing Day party.

Next stop, Spring Practice!

Signing Day 2012: Canadian Calm

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Luke Willson on a decidedly different atmosphere on signing day in Canada...


"I got up early and signed my Letter of Intent at home so my Dad could get it faxed to Rice. When I got to school, it was more like 'so, how was your morning?  Guess what I did today?' It wasn't a big deal at school.  We did a little press event after school that my summer league coach had arranged, but that was about it."

Signing Day 2012: Where do you find the time?

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One look at Darik Dillard's extracurricular activities and you wonder when he slept.  In addition to taking teams to the regional quarterfinals in both football and basketball and running track, he placed first in an art show and a state architecture competition while also serving as the treasurer for both the National Honor Society and his senior class.....and I think there are some other things we might have missed...

Signing Day 2012: Tell it to the Judge

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Offensive line recruit Brandon Dawkins brings a well-rounded athletic resume to Rice, including swimming the 50 meter freestyle for the state champs and playing water polo.  He also has  served as a clerk for a pair of Dallas County Criminal Court judges.


Signing Day: Don't hang up too quickly

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Owls' offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek on the day he thought he scored a major recruiting coup


"I was at UH working for John Jenkins and I was recruiting ND Kalu. We were coming down the stretch to  to signing day and I get a call from ND.  He tells me that he's coming to Houston. I hung up quick and went to tell the other coaches about it. I was fired up that we had him.  The next day, his high school coach called me and said in my excitement, I didn't hear the whole conversation.  ND was coming to Houston, no doubt, but he was coming here to play for Rice. It's a lot funnier to tell now than it was at the time."

Signing Day 2012: Up to 21

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Tabari McGaskey of Dallas Lincoln and Cody Henesee are in the folder and officially Rice Owls.  

2012 Signing Day: Two more names

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Justin Carter, a safety from Hoover, Alabama and Darik Dillard, a running back from San Antonio are the latest to send in their NLI's.

Carter played in a defensive backfield at Spain Park HS that included three others who will sign NLIs today.

Dillard is no stranger to the sidelines of Rice Stadium, having spent time each year at Owls' practices before the start of school, watching his older brother Jarett.


Owls' cornerback coach Larry Edmondson recalls the danger of using props to make a point.  


"I was at Southern Miss and our head coach, Curley Hallman and I were making an in-home visit. Coach Hallman was making a point about the values he expected in his recruits and he extended his hands to the recruit and his parents and said 'Now, I have three rings on my hands. I have my wedding ring, my class ring, and a national championship ring.  Which one do you think is the most important?' The point he was trying to make was the class ring was the most important because it represented the commitment to receiving his degree.  But the recruit answered that he liked the national championship ring. Coach Hallman kept trying to make his point, but each time he asked, the recruit kept saying how much he liked the championship ring.  He asked coach if he could hold it and as he pulled it off his finger, coach dropped it and it fell in the ventilation vent on the floor.   We spent the next hour of the visit trying to get that ring out of the vent.   We wound up signing the player, but it sure wasn't on the strength of that home visit."

Signing Day 2012: Double the effort

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Owls' cornerback coach Chris Thurmond on the perils of recruiting twins. 


"Years ago, I was recruiting a set of twins and on signing day, we got the signature of one of them right away, but his brother started to waiver.  So we had to wait, and wait, and wait. In the end he signed as well and both of them turned out to be great players. But I guess the one brother was enjoying the who recruiting experience he wanted to extend it as long as he could."