2016 Signing Day
Owls Add 18 on Signing Day 2016
Texas produces entire class
David Bailiff and his Rice Football coaching staff welcomed the newest additions to the Rice Football family on Wednesday when 18 Texas high school products signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Owls.
"This is always an exciting day because it's the payoff for a great deal of work," Bailiff said. "Signing Day is the focus of all the attention, but the results today are the result of a year's worth of hard work by our staff. As in years past, we identified a talented group of players who continued to improve during their senior years but held firm on their commitment to become Owls, despite offers from a number of schools as this process wound down."
The 2016 signing class is made up of four defensive backs and defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, wide receivers and linebackers, one tight end and one quarterback. There are 11 players who played at the 6A level, three from 5A, two from 3A and one each from TAPPS and SPC divisions. Seven players prepped in the Houston area.
The class includes nine players who earned Academic All-State honors and four others who earned district academic honors.
One player (Collin Whitaker of Prestonwood Academy) played for a state champion (TAPPS D1). Two players (Kylen Granson of Westlake in 6A D1 and Will Phillips of Franklin in 3A D2) concluded their seasons at NRG Stadium in Houston by playing in state championship games while a third (Jack Greene of Ridge Point) reached the state semifinals.
|Signee||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||High Sch./Junior Co.|
|Myles Adams||DL.||6-1||288||Arlington, TX||Mansfield Summit|
|Uzoma Akunebu||LB||6-0||225||Austin, TX||St. Stephens Episcopal|
|Aaron Cephus||WR||6-5||188||Houston, TX||Dekaney|
|Joseph Dill||OL||6-5||376||Baytown, TX||Lee|
|Anthony Ekpe||LB||6-0||210||Pflugerville, TX||Hendrickson|
|D'Angelo Ellis||DB||5-11||159||Houston, TX||Cy Ridge|
|Elijah Garcia||DL||6-5||270||San Antonio, TX||Stevens|
|Sam Glaesmann||QB||6-3||206||Waco, TX||Midway|
|Kylen Granson||WR||6-2||212||Austin, TX||Midway|
|Jack Greene||OL||6-4||341||Missouri City, TX||Ridge Point|
|Javante Hubbard||DL||6-0||226||Houston, TX||Elsik|
|Jordan Myers||WR||6-0||218||Dickinson, TX||Dickinson|
|Dasharm Newsome||DB||5-9||177||Houston, TX||Cy Ridge|
|Uzoma Osuji||OL||6-6||265||Coppell, TX||Coppell|
|Will Phillips||DL||6-3||237||Franklin, TX||Franklin|
|Jonathan Sanchez||TE||6-6||218||McAllen, TX||Memorial|
|Dylan Silcox||DB||6-2||195||Winnie, TX||East Chambers|
|Collin Whitaker||DB||5-10||191||Plano, TX||Prestonwood Academy|
|DL | 6-1 | 288 | Arlington, TX/Mansfield Summit|
Second team All-State on offense and All-District 14-5A on both offense and defense for coach Travis Pride at Mansfield Summit as the Jaguars finished 10-2 and were Bi-District champions ... Second-team Academic All-State as well ... Credited with 93 knockdown blocks as a senior on offense while also recording 84 tackles, including 15 for loss (nine sacks) and picking off a pass on defense...Second team DFW Super Team by the Ft. Worth Star Telegram ... Dual regional qualifier in shot in discus and a regional qualifier in powerlifting as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society who also sings in the varsity choir.
Bailiff on Adams: "Myles was a standout on both sides of the line who will play defense for us. He has a great motor and uses his hands very well. "
|LB | 6-0 | 225 | Austin, TX/St. Stephens Episcopal|
Four-year starter for coach Ed Wolkind and the Spartans who finished 2015 with a 6-4 record ... Team captain ... Honored by the Austin American Statesman with one of their weekly game ball awards after recording four sacks, blocking a punt and scoring three touchdowns on offense in a victory over St. Dominic Savio ... Two-time winner of the Spartans "Hardest Hitter" award .... Plays the guitar and active in the school's guitar ensemble and jazz band.
Bailiff on Akunebu: "Uzoma is a powerful and physically mature player who is a knock-back hitter and also shows great agility when he attacks the line."
|WR | 6-5 | 188 | Houston, TX/Dekaney|
Two-sport star at Dekaney for coach Anthony Williams earning All District 15-6A honors in both football and basketball ... A member of the Houston Chronicle and Vype Magazine's Houston Top 100 ... Finished his season strongly, scoring 13 touchdowns in district play, including eight in the last three games while averaging 32 yards per catch over that stretch .... Averaged 1 6 points per game in basketball as a junior for the regional finalists ... Uncle (Marvin Cephus) played wide receiver at Tulane and had stints in several NFL training camps ... Father (Rodney) played football at Texas Southern.
Bailiff on Cephus: "Aaron is a tremendous athlete who combines great length, speed and instinctive ball skills."
|OL | 6-5 | 376 | Baytown, TX/Lee|
Unanimous All District 22-5A as a senior at Baytown Lee for coach David Wilkinson after earning district honors as a sophomore and junior at Pasadena HS ...Honorable mention All-State as a junior and senior ... Houston Chronicle's Houston 100 and as one of Texas best 32 offensive linemen in Dave Campbell's Texas Football's "Texas Rising" postseason recruiting guide ... Two-time Academic All-District selection.
Bailiff on Dill: "Joseph is a massive, dominating presence along the line who handles space very well."
|LB | 6-0 | 210 | Pflugerville, TX/Hendrickson|
First team All-State (TAPSE) and District 13-6A Defensive MVP for coach Chip Killian as the Hawks finished 9-3 and won the district title ... Compiled 78 tackles as a senior, 18 for loss (15 sacks) while forcing four fumbles and blocking three field goals as a senior ... Finished his career with 199 tackles with 30 for loss (27 sacks) ... Also runs the 400 meters in track ... National Honor Society member and Academic All-State honorable mention ... Served as an office in FCS and active in the Business Professionals of America and the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering.
Bailiff on Epke: "Anthony is quick, explosive and tenacious with a tremendous upside."
|DB | 5-11 | 159 | Houston, TX/Cy Ridge|
One of two Cy Ridge standouts to sign with the Owls, joining Dasharm Newsome ... All District 17-6A as well as on the all district academic team ... On Dave Campbell's Texas Football Hot 300 as well as the Houston Chronicle and Vype Magazine's Houston Top 100.
Bailiff on Ellis: "D'Angelo is a great tackler who has tremendous feet and was comfortable either playing press or off coverage."
|DL | 6-5 | 270 | San Antonio, TX/Stevens|
All-District 27-6A selection as a senior for Darryl Hemphill at Stevens ... Second-team All-San Antonio area and named one of San Antonio's top ten recruits by the San Antonio Express News ... Credited with 100 tackles as a senior, including six sacks and eight hurries ... Team captain as a senior .... Three-year letterman ... Played in the San Antonio Sports All-Star game in January.
Bailiff on Garcia: "Elijah is a very athletic player who has a tremendous upside and his best football is in front of him."
|QB | 6-3 | 206 | Waco, TX/Midway|
Offensive MVP in All-District 12-6A in his first year as a starter for coach Terry Gambrill as the Panthers won the district and advanced to the regional semifinals ...Honorable Mention Subway Super Team by Dave Campbell's Texas Football ... All-CenTex second team by the Waco Tribune and on their Centex Top 25 ... Listed as one of Texas best 32 quarterbacks in Dave Campbell's Texas Football's"Texas Rising" postseason recruiting guide... Threw for 3,017 yards and 29 touchdowns and added 605 yards and four scores on the ground... Older brother Todd was a third round pick of Tampa Bay in the 2009 Major League Draft and currently is in the Arizona Diamondbacks system ... Uncle (Don McIntosh) played offensive line at Houston ... Second-team Academic All-State ... Member of the National Honor Society, PALS, Spanish Club and Business Professionals of America.
Bailiff on Glaesmann: "Sam is very athletic. He has a great football IQ and a quick release that allowed him to step in as a senior an make an immediate impact."
|WR | 6-2 | 212 | Austin, TX/Westlake|
Second team All-District 14-6A for Todd Dodge as a senior, helping spark Westlake to the 6A D1 state title game ... Caught 39 passes for 630 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 100 more after missing the first seven games with an ankle injury ... Caught seven passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns as Westlake ended Allen's 57-game winning streak in the state semifinals ... Caught 48 passes for 739 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career ... Regional qualifier in the 4x200 relay in track ... Academic All-State Honorable Mention ... Member of the National Honor Society and FCA.
Bailiff on Granson: "Kylen really caught our eye last year at our camp with his combination of size and speed and he was a force for Westlake down the stretch last year."
|OL | 6-4 | 341 | Missouri City, TX/Ridge Point|
Three-year starter who was an All-District 23-5A selection as a senior for coach Brett Sniffin as the Panthers reached the semifinals of the 5A Division II playoffs ... Member of the RPHS Honor Roll.
Bailiff on Greene: "Jack is a big bodied player who is powerful at the point of attack and is good at the second level."
|DL | 6-0 |226 | Houston, TX/Elsik|
All District 23-6A and a team captain for coach Bill Barron as the Rams captured the district title .... Credited with 109 tackles as a senior, 45 for loss (19 sacks) while forcing four fumbles and breaking up three passes. Member of the Houston Chronicle's Houston 100 ... Academic All-District and plays in the school orchestra.
Bailiff on Hubbard: "Javante is a high energy player with a great motor who plays with great passion and covers the field sideline to sideline."
|WR | 6-0 |218 | Dickinson, TX/Dickinson|
Four-year starter for coach John Snelson at Dickinson who scored 101 touchdowns in his career ... MVP of district as a senior as the Gators advanced to the 6A Division I semifinals ... Three-time All-District 24-6A while playing both running back and tight end ... Totaled 2,132 yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground and another 1,450 and five TDs in receiving ... Earned All-State honors as a junior tight end (TSWA) ... Vype Magazine and Houston Chronicle Houston Top 100 ... Houston Touchdown Club All Greater Houston preseason team and one of 10 finalists for their Offensive Player of the Year ... Houston Touchdown Club Academic Award nominee and second-team Academic All-State.
Bailiff on Myers: "Jordan is a playmaker who can do a lot of great things when he gets the ball in his hands."
|DB | 5-9 | 177 | Houston, TX/Cy Ridge|
One of two Cy Ridge standouts to sign with the Owls, joining D'Angelo Ellis ... All District 17-6A as well as on the all district academic team ... Member of the Houston Chronicle and Vype Magazine's Houston Top 100.
Bailiff on Newsome: "Dasharm is a versatile athlete who brings a physical edge to his play wherever he lines up in the defensive backfield."
|OL | 6-6 | 265 | Coppell, TX/Coppell|
Second-team All-District 7-6A for coach Mike Dewitt as a senior for the Cowboys ... Second team Academic All-State selection and member of the A-B Honor Roll.
Bailiff on Osuji: "Uzoma is a raw talent who is tremendously athletic with great feet and balance and has great growth potential."
|DL | 6-3 | 237 | Franklin, TX/Franklin|
Co-MVP of District 12-3A as a senior while leading Franklin to the 3A D-II state title game under coach Mike Hedrick ... Credited with 115 tackles, three fumble recoveries, 19 quarterback hurries, 15 pass breakups and two interceptions as a senior ... ... Listed as one of Texas best 32 linebackers in Dave Campbell's Texas Football's"Texas Rising" postseason recruiting guide ... Three-time all-district performer ... Honorable mention All-State as a sophomore, second team All-State as a junior and preseason All-State as a senior ... Four-year starter ... District and area champion in the discus as a junior and area runner-up in shot the same year ... Grandfather (Thomas Phillips) played football at Texas while his father (Scott) played tennis at Texas A&M ... Second team Academic All-State selection ... Active in his church youth group and coaches youth basketball in football while also showing livestock.
Bailiff on Phillips: "Will is a dominant player who is ready to step up to the collegiate level after showcasing his talents on both sides of the ball in high school."
|TE | 6-6 | 218 | McAllen, TX/Memorial|
All District 30-6A at quarterback for Memorial and coach Bill Littleton ... 30-6A Athlete of the Year as a junior after earning all-district honors in basketball and honorable mention honors in football ... Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
Bailiff on Sanchez: "Jonathan is athletic and tough with great speed and a projectable frame to fill out into a productive tight end."
|DB | 6-2 | 195 | Winnie, TX/East Chambers|
Offensive MVP of District 12-3A D1 for coach Russ Sutherland as the Buccaneers were bi-district champions in his senior year ... Compiled 21 touchdowns and over 1,200 yards on offense while being credited with over 60 tackles, five interceptions and one forced fumble as a senior ... Named to the Beaumont Enterprise's Super Gold team ... Had seven interceptions in his career as a three-year starter ... Named the Defensive MVP of the district in basketball while leading the Bucs to the state title game ... Also an all-district performer in baseball ... Second team Academic All-State and a member of the National Honor Society ... Regional finalist in the UIL Spelling competition ... Coaches youth basketball and participates in bible study in his spare time.
Bailiff on Silcox: "Dylan was a multi-sport athlete in high school who has a knack for making the big play and brings a physical presence to the defensive backfield."
|DB | 5-10 | 191 | Plano, TX/Prestonwood Academy|
All-State selection on both offense and defense as a senior for Prestonwood Academy, which took home the TAPPS D1-1 state title under coach Chris Cunningham ... Ran for 1,566 yards and 27 touchdowns and added another 501 yards and four scores as a receiver while compiling 45 tackles (five for loss), breaking up 11 passes, interception two others and adding a pair of defensive touchdowns to his total ... Scored 39 touchdowns and accounted for 3,272 yards in his career on offense while piling up 131 tackles, 32 pass breakups, five interceptions and three defensive scores in his career ... Placed third in the 110m hurdles at the TAPPS state track meet as a junior ... Eagle Scout ... A member of Jack and Jill of America and Future Doctors of America ... Participated in mission trips locally as well as to San Francisco and Costa Rica.
Bailiff on Whitaker: "Collin was another player who really made a great impression on us at our camp. He shows great range and cover skills and is also a great leader on the field."