by Chuck Pool (email@example.com) -
Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced Wednesday the names of 17 high school seniors who have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Owls for the 2017 season.
“Signing Day is always a day to celebrate and today we are fired up to have this amazing group of men in the Rice Football family,” Bailiff said. “Thirteen of them made the decision last summer to make a commitment to us and they stood firm in their belief that Rice was the best place to further their careers. They stayed through us through thick and thin. I think it says a lot about their character but also a lot about the hard work this coaching staff put in. “
The 2017 class features 15 players who honed their talents in Texas high schools, with seven coming from the 5A ranks, six from the 6A level and one each from 4A and the TAPPS classification.
The Owls also added their ninth recruit from Canada in Bailiff’s 11 years at Rice in lineman Gregor MacKellar and kicker Will Harrison from Westfield, Indiana who helped lead his school to its first state championship. Harrison was one of 11 signees who reached postseason play in their senior seasons.
The class breakdown reveals four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, linebackers and defensive backs and one quarterback, defensive lineman, kicker and tight end.
Eight of the players are products of the Houston area and six were featured in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s Top 300 at the start of the year.
“We think this is a class that can win championships and these are players who are great fits at Rice University,” Bailiff added.
Wednesday press conference was held in the Trauber Suite of Tudor Fieldhouse instead of the Owls new Brian Patterson Center, because Rice is hosting the Atlanta Falcons during their preparations for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Sunday.
“We are over here today because of the Falcons’ practice,” Bailiff noted. “That’s one of the tradeoffs we’ve had to make. But it’s wonderful for the city and what they are leaving behind (an upgraded grass practice field) is really going to help Rice Football.”
While Signing Day is always a cause for a momentary pause to celebrate the efforts of the past year, Bailiff noted that the cycle almost immediately begins again.
“It’s an exciting class and I can’t wait to get them here in June, but tomorrow we’ll go back to work recruiting our next class tomorrow,” Bailiff added.
Owls Welcome 17 Players in the Class of 2017
02/01/2017 - Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced Wednesday the names of 17 high school seniors who have signed National Letters of Intent to join...
Rice and Stanford Set for Opener Down Under
01/30/2017 - The Rice Owls will open their 2017 season facing the same opponent they met in the 2016 finale --but in a far more exotic locale--as Rice and...
C-USA Announces 2017 Football Schedules
01/26/2017 - Rice will open its 13th season of Conference USA football on the road in El Paso on September 9, kicking off an eight-game slate that will feature ...
Rice Scholar Athletes Honored
02/26/2017 - Rice Athletics and the R Association honored some of its best and brightest on Sunday evening as the 2017 Rice Scholar Athletes and Honor Athletes ...
Beschorner to Guide Owls QBs
01/25/2017 - Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced on Wednesday that he has hired former Division II All-America quarterback Wesley Beschorner as the...
Bailiff Announces New Defensive Staff Members
01/18/2017 - Brian Stewart, who has coordinated defenses at both the NFL and FBS levels, and Scott Vestal, who has coached defensive backs in both the Big 12...
McGuffie Wins First World Cup Gold
12/16/2016 - Former Rice standout Sam McGuffie opened his second season with the US Bobsled team in impressive fashion, teaming with three-time Olympic medalist...
Ellerbee, Martin and McGaskey Honored by Phil...
12/14/2016 - Linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee, center Trey Martin and strong safety Tabari McGaskey have named by Phil Steele to his 2016 All-Conference USA squad. ...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store