Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren completed his initial recruiting class on Wednesday with the announcement of 17 players from seven states in addition to Texas who will join with the six players who signed during the early recruiting period in December.
In addition to 16 players from the Texas, the Owls signed one high school player each from Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York and South Carolina, the most since the Owls signed players from six states in 2003. The Owls also added their first graduate transfer since 2014 in quarterback Shawn Stankavage from Vanderbilt who played his high school football in North Carolina.
"We wanted to set a tone with this class, where we want to maintain a strong presence within Texas while also extending our efforts throughout the country," Bloomgren said. "Thanks to some great work by our staff, we were able to identify some talented players who were excited by the opportunity to join us at Rice. This group is not only talented, but they have great passion for the game and come from successful programs. That is what will define this program, talented players who have a passion for football and are dedicated to seeing Rice become a consistent winner."
2018 RICE OWLS FOOTBALL FEBRUARY SIGNEES
|Prudencio Calderon||DB||5-11||195||San Marcos, TX (San Marcos)|
|Treshawn Chamberlain||LB||5-10||190||Greenwood, SC (Emerald)|
|Jacob Doddridge||FB||6-3||220||Southlake, TX (Southlake Carroll)|
|Ikenna Enechukwu||RUSH||6-3||235||Kansas City, MO (Ruskin)|
|Derek Ferraro||OL||6-6||285||New Rochelle, NY (Iona Prep)|
|Robert French||TE||6-5||230||Jacksonville, FL (Bartram Trail)|
|Wiley Green||QB||6-3||185||Plano, TX (Prestonwood Christian)|
|Brendan Harmon||WR||6-5||180||Fort Worth, TX (All Saints Episcopal)|
|Antonio Montero||LB||6-0||210||Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie)|
|Juma Otoviano||RB||5-10||180||Arlington, TX (James Martin)|
|Kebreyun Page||OLB||6-2||190||Cedar Hill, TX (Cedar Hill)|
|August Pitre III||WR||6-2||160||Opelousas, LA (Northwest)|
|Matthew Sams||DB||5-9||180||Austin, TX (Westlake)|
|Shawn Stankavage||QB||6-2||205||Durham, NC (Vanderbilt)|
|Jake Syptak||OL||6-5||270||The Woodlands, TX (The Woodlands)|
|Parker Towns||QB||6-3||190||Dallas, TX (Jesuit)|
|Cameron Valentine||DE||6-3||245||Richmond, TX (Foster)|