Feb. 4, 2009
Looking to build upon the momentum of Rice's second 10-win season in school history, head football coach David Bailiff announced the signing of 24 high school seniors to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
The class includes 18 players from Texas, two each from Canada and Oklahoma and one each from Minnesota and Arizona.
"We signed a class that will give us immediate depth as well as players who will come in and contribute next year," Bailiff said. "We will be bigger, faster and stronger with these 24 guys. This is a class that we can football games with and it is also a class that we can have a 100% graduation rate with."
Once again, the majority of the Owls focus stayed within Texas.
"We signed 18 players from Texas, including six from this area," Bailiff pointed out. "I have to thank all the high school coaches who have helped us in recruiting these young men. They do a great job and they are the reason so many of our signees have a chance to come in and immediately contribute," he added.
Bailiff credited both the Owls on-field success as well as his staff's experience in recruiting to Rice for the quality of the 2009 class.
"It's that recruiting (to Rice) is getting easier, but we are refining our technique. We know more about Rice University and the makes recruiting to Rice an easy sell. We are not asking men to commit for 4-5 years, but we are asking them to make a 40-50 year decision," he stated.
Tolu Akinwumi, S, 6-1, 200 Brompton, Ontario (Notre Dame CSS)
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Team captain for Coach Daryl Brady at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Brompton, Ontario. Led the Knights to a pair of league championship. Had 46 tackles this past year, including 13 in one game. Bailiff on Akinwumi: "He is a raw talent who is fast and physical. His upside is tremendous."
Cody Bauer, DE 6-4, 240, Pottsboro (High)
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Three-time All District 10-2A for Coach Matt Poe at Pottsboro and a 2008 Texas Sports Writers Association¹s Class 2A all-state team selection. All-DFW in addition to being a three-time, All-Texoma pick. Cardinals were 13-2 and reached the state semifinals in his senior season. Also competes in power lifting and in track.Bailiff on Bauer: "He will come in and offer immediate help. He ran a 4.6 at our camp last year. He is a physical player much like Scott Solomon."
Chris Boswell K, 6-3, 180, Keller (Fossil Ridge)
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Fifth-ranked kicker by Rivals.com. Four-time, All-District 5-5A for Coach Tony Baccarini at Keller Fossil Ridge. Converted on 39 of 43 field goals in his career and was perfect on 172 career PAT attempts. Named to the Associated Press All-State first team and to the Texas Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State second team as a senior. Selected to play in the 2009 US Army All American Bowl in San Antonio and kicked a field goal and two extra points. Bailiff on Boswell: "He has a powerful leg and the ability to really drive the ball. At the same time, he also kicks with finesse and accuracy."
Andre Brackens SAF, 5-9, 190, Dallas (Parish Episcopal)
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Four-year starter for Coach Scott X. Nady at Parish Episcopal. Two-time TAPPS 4A All-State selection. District 2-4A MVP as a senior after scoring 26 touchdowns and intercepting nine passes. Also lettered in basketball and track, and was part of Episcopal's 4x200m relay which finished second at the TAPPS state track meet. Bailiff on Backens: "He has the physical maturity to step right in. He is a mature player who already cleans 300 pounds and squats 500."
Trey Briggs LB, 6-1, 216, Houston (Jersey Village)
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Three-year All-District 15-5A for Coach David Snokhous at Jersey Village and one of two Falcons to sign with Rice (Bobby Janisch). Named All-Greater Houston by the Touchdown Club of Houston. VYPE Magazine All-Greater Houston second team, with the awards presented at halftime of Rice's win in the Texas Bowl. Grandfather (Bill Bishop) played baseball for Rice from 1946-49, was an All-SWC pitcher in 1946 and led the SWC in batting average in 1946. Bailiff on Briggs: "He is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker and ball carriers go backwards when he hits them."
Alex Francis CB, 5-9, 175, Houston (Hightower)
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All-District 24-5A selection for Coach Shane Hallmark while leading the Hurricanes to the championship game in Division 1 5A where he had an interception and forced a fumble. Named second-team All Greater Houston. Finished his senior year with 70 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions. Three-year letterman. Ran on the Hurricanes' state champion 4x100 and 4x200 relays as a sophomore. Four uncles played in the NFL (James Francis, Bengals, 90-98; Ron Francis, Cowboys, 87-90; Heath Sherman, Eagles, 89-93; and Lamar Lathon, Oilers & Panthers, 90-98). Bailiff on Francis: "He has great man cover skills and great instincts. He is a very physical corner."
Corey Frazier CB, 6-1, 175, Eden Prairie, MN (High)
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All-state selection for Coach Mike Grant at Eden Prairie. Credited with 56 tackles, 15 breakups and five interceptions as a senior. Also caught 35 passes for 478 yards and five touchdowns on offense. State champions in his sophomore and junior years, and ranked 11th in the nation as a junior. Also played baseball and basketball for the Eagles. Father, Leslie Frazier, was a starter at cornerback for the Chicago Bears when they won Super Bowl XX and is currently the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. Bailiff on Frazier: "He has a big frame and great feet. He has great man corner skills and utilizes his feet and arms very well."
Kevin Gaddis CB, 5-9, 170 Oklahoma City, OK (Midwest City)
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Oklahoma 6A All-State selection for Coach Steve Huff at Midwest City. Intercepted three passes, blocked three kicks, returned two punts for touchdowns in addition to catching 41 passes for 13 TDs. Midwest City won back-to-back district champions his last two years and compiled a 24-2 record. Bailiff on Gaddis: He is an all-around athlete who possesses the size and speed to play early."
Phillip Gaines CB, 6-0, 175 Converse (Judson)
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Two-year letterman for Coach Jim Rackley at Converse Judson. Totaled 110 tackles four interceptions in his two seasons. Blocked five kicks as a senior. Played in the Regional III final at Rice Stadium as a junior and Judson moved on to the state title game. Ran a leg on Judson's 4x100m relay that finished third at the state track meet as a junior. A member of the National Honor Society. Bailiff on Gaines: He is a big, physical corner who can cover a lot of ground with his speed."
Andre Gautreaux WR 6-0 185 Friendswood (High)
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All-District 24-4A and second-team 4A All State selection by the Associated Press after leading Friendswood to the state semifinals for Coach Steve Van Meter. Finished the year with 54 receptions for 1,116 yards and 17 touchdown receptions. All-Galveston County, All-Greater Houston, Houston Chronicle Top 100 and Academic All-State. Bailiff on Gautreaux: "He makes plays. He is a sound player who gets his body in position to make the catch. He rises to the challenge, as you can see by his getting 459 all-purpose yards against La Marque."
Nic Hammett LB, 6-4, 230, Rockdale (High)
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Two-time, All-State selection at linebacker for Coach Jeff Miller. Two-time All-District (18-3A as a junior, 24-3A as a senior). District defensive MVP as a senior. Had 151 career tackles, three interceptions and nine forced fumbles in his career. A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Hot 300. All-state selection at catcher in baseball and a two-time, all-district honoree. Bailiff on Hammet: "A big, tall linebacker who plays with great pad leverage and always takes the proper pursuit angle to the ball carrier."
Jon Hodde OT, 6-7, 295, Burton (High)
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All-State selection as a senior for Coach Clinton Smith at Burton while leading Burton to its first district and area team title in school history. Two-time. All-District 27-1A selection. Also earned third-team all-state honors in baseball as a sophomore and was as two-time, second-team all-district pick in basketball. Cousin of former Rice pitcher Lucas Luetge. Class Treasurer, member of the Beta Club and an FFA Advisor. Bailiff on Hode: "For a big man, he is very athletic. You see him make plays on both offense and defense, and he's been just as successful playing baseball and basketball."
Broderick Jackson S, 5-11, 200, Kirbyville (High)
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All-State selection as a senior for Coach Jack Alvarez at Kirbyville while leading the 13-1 Wildcats to a berth in the 2A Division 1 title game vs. Muleshoe. Finalist for the Willie Ray Smith Award, presented to the top offensive and defensive players of the year in the Golden Triangle. Finished the year with 69 tackles and a pair of interceptions. All District 22-2A on both offense and defense as a junior. Named Mr. KHS and is President of the school's chapter of FCA. Bailiff on Jackson: "He played in the state title game last year and when you meet him, you see what a natural leader he is. He will have an immediate impact. "
Bobby Janisch OT, 6-6, 280, Houston (Jersey Village)
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Two-time, All-District 15-5A for Coach David Snokhous at Jersey Village and one of two Falcons to sign with Rice (Trey Briggs). A member of Dave Campell's Texas Football Hot 300. Throws the shot and discus in track. Bailiff on Janisch: "He's a big kid who has tremendous flexibility in his hips. He comes off the ball with a flat back and sticks to guys when he engages them."
Klein Kubiak WR, 6-1, 175, Houston (Strake Jesuit)
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All-District 18-5A selection for Coach Ron Counter this year as the Crusaders won the district with a 9-2 record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Also plays baseball at Strake. Father is Gary Kubiak, head coach of the Houston Texans and his uncle (David Pierce) is an assistant coach for the Rice baseball team. Both older brothers play football at Colorado State (Klint is a defensive back and Klay is a quarterback). Bailiff on Kubiak: "His upside is tremendous. He is very precise in his routes and if the ball is near him, he will catch it."
Alex Lowry DT, 6-2, 295, Caddo Mills (High)
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All-State selection as an offensive lineman for Coach Steve Sumrow at Caddo Mills. Named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football post-season All-Texas High School team. Led Caddo Mills to back-to-back appearances in the regional finals. Distict 13-2A Defensive MVP and Offensive lineman of the year. Standout power lifter, who placed third in the state meet as a sophomore and second as a junior. Has a best total of 1850 pounds (730 squat, 445 bench, 675 dead lift). Bailiff on Lowry: "He will offer immediate help on the defensive line because of his physical presence."
Taylor McHargue QB, 6-2, 200, Cedar Park (Vista Ridge)
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Second-team All- District 16-5A selection as a senior for Coach Bill Wilder. Team captain as a senior. Ran for 1,606 yards and 16 touchdowns and threw for 2,040 yards and 17 scores. Ran a leg on Vista Ridge's 4x200 relay that won the district title. Academic all-district selection. Bailiff on McHargue: "He has the same ability that Chase Clement had, in that he can get out of trouble with his arm, his feet or his head. He has all the intangibles to be a great quarterback."
Donte Moore WR, 6-1, 175, Manor (High)
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All-District 17-4A selection as an athlete and second-team pick as a wide receiver for Coach Eric Carter. Runs the 200 and 400 meters in high school. Ranked in the top 10% of his class all four years. Academic all-district selection. Bailiff on Moore: "He is a 10.4 100 meter man that is also excellent on both punt and kickoff returns."
Turner Petersen ATH, 6-2, 205, Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall)
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Quarterbacked Heritage Hall to an Oklahoma 2A state title as a senior for Coach Andy Bogert. Ran for 1,351 yards and 22 touchdowns, threw for 1,224 yards and 15 touchdowns. Had 87 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense. Named Little All- City Player of the Year and VYPE Magazine's Oklahoma City Player of the Year. . High school teammate was Barry Sanders Jr. Earned High School All-American honors in swimming. Bailiff on Petersen: "When you watch video of him, you see he can do it all on both sides of the ball. And then to see that he walks off the football field and wins swim meets tells you what an amazing athlete he is."
Paul Porras, S, 6-1, 185, Scottsdale, AZ (Saguaro)
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All-State selection as a senior and a two-time All-City and All-Region performer for Coach John Sanders at Saguaro. Played on three consecutive Arizona 4A-1 state championship teams that went 41-1 over that stretch. Named Scottsdale Player of the Year after catching 32 passes for 629 yards and eight TDs on offense and compiling 52 tackles and six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) on defense. Also played basketball and ran track. Finished seventh in the state meet in the triple jump as a sophomore. Nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman. Member of the National Honor Society. Senior class President as well as Homecoming King. Eagle Scout. Bailiff on Porras: "He comes from an athletic family and is an all-around player. We have him listed at safety right now, but he could play a number of positions for us."
Charles Ross RB, 6-1, 200, Schertz (Samuel Clemens)
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Two-time All-District 26-4A and All-San Antonio for Coach Greg Ferrera at Clemens. Ran for 1,413 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 455 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Hot 300 and ranked as one of the top 20 running backs in 2008. Ran 1,259 yards and 14 TDs and caught 20 passes for 424 yards and seven scores as a junior. Honorable mention All-State as a junior. Two-time regional qualifier in the 200 meters, long jump, triple jump and as members of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Bailiff on Ross: "We are excited to have him. He came into our camp and ran a 4.38. With his speed and strength, he can offer immediate help."
Hosam Shahin DT ,6-4 , 265 Richmond, BC (Hugh Boyd Secondary)
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AA Provincial All-Star for Coach Bruce Haddow at Hugh Boyd. Team was ranked first in the province during the season for the first time in school history. Reached the quarterfinals of the AA playoffs. Won the Provincial title in 2006. A member of Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100. Credited with 63 tackles, 16 for loss (including eight sacks) and forced a pair of fumbles in nine games as a senior for the Trojans. Played soccer, basketball and threw the discus in track. Bailiff on Shahin: "He is physical and fast enough to come right in and provide immediate help to the defensive line."
Cade Shaw OT, 6-5, 275, Corpus Christi (Calallen)
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Two-time, All-District 31-4A selection for Coach Phil Danaher. Named the district's outstanding offensive lineman as a senior. Also earned All-Metro and All-South Texas honors as a senior after being named second-team as a junior. Two-time academic all-district choice. Bailiff on Shaw: "He will only be 17 when he arrives on campus. He is very athletic and his upside is amazing."
Josh Skinner DE, 6-5, 250, Silsbee (High)
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Two-time, All-District 21-3A for Coach Bobby McGallion at Silsbee. Also named All-Southeast Texas. Credited with 74 tackles, including 6.5 sacks as a senior for the bi-district champions. Academic all-state selection who ranks 12th in his class. Has been an all-district pick in baseball since his freshman year. Also plays basketball and throws the discus in track. A member of Dave Campell's Texas Football Hot 300 as both a junior and senior. Bailiff on Skinner: "When you see his film, you see a great motor. He brings great passion to the field and everything he does is at full speed."