David Bailiff and his Rice Football coaching staff saw a year's worth of work come to fruition on Wednesday when they received the signatures of 18 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Owls.

Sixteen of the 18 newest Owls come from Texas, while one comes from Louisiana and one from Missouri. The class includes four defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, three cornerbacks, two safeties, two quarterbacks, two running backs, one tight end and one kicker.

"This is always an exciting day because it's payoff for so much work by so many people" Bailiff said. "For these young men, this is the beginning of a new phase of their lives as they have made the decision to continue their playing careers at Rice. They have seen what we've accomplished here and each is ready to come in and accept the challenge to continue to move this program forward. Many have been committed to us for a very long time, but despite the efforts of some schools to have them reconsider, they made it very clear that they wanted to join us at Rice." Bailiff added.