Owls Set To Host A Dozen

The Rice Football Staff is extremely busy right now preparing for its December 30th Texas Bowl match-up with Western Michigan. That schedule gets set aside this weekend though as they will host around a dozen top recruits, including several key uncommitted targets...

David Bailiff and the Rice Football staff will host a great group of recruits this weekend as they attempt to both secure, and add to, a very talented 2009 recruiting class.

Current 2009 Rice commits coming in this weekend include DB Andre Brackens, LB Nic Hammett, OL Jon Hodde, RB/S Broderick Jackson, OL Bobby Janisch, RB Charles Ross, OL Cade Shaw, and DE Josh Skinner.

Several key Rice targets are also scheduled to visit this weekend: Wide Receiver Donte Foster Guthrie,OK; Eden Prairie,MN Defensive Back Corey Frazier; Converse Judson Cornerback Phillip Gaines; and Oxford, AL Kicker Jimmy Newman.

Here's a quick tidbit on each of the uncommitted prospects...

Donte Foster - an explosive athlete that fits the mold of the "bigger" Receiver the Owls are attempting to sign for 2009. The 6-3 Foster is a 3 sport champion and is an accomplished basketball player as well. He will play both sports in college and has a basketball scholarship offer from Colorado. Has incredible leaping ability and is the defending Oklahoma State High Jump Champion.

Corey Frazier - has an expansive knowledge of the game, having been around football all his life - his father is Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier. Corey camped at Rice last summer and impressed coaches with his size and football IQ. Has been electronically timed at the Vikings workout facility below 4.6 seconds in the forty. Frazier is almost 6-2, so he has an attractive set of physical attributes to work with. Visited Minnesota last weekend.

Phillip Gaines - also camped at Rice last summer and ran one of the better 40 times on the Rice Stadium field turf. Gaines has excellent size for a Cornerback at just over 6 feet tall. Has been courted heavily by SEC schools also.

Jimmy Newman - currently ranked the top uncommitted Kicker in the country by kicking guru Chris Sailer. Newman has a very strong leg, and at 6-2 200 pounds already will develop into an even more powerful Kicker in a college strength and conditioning program. Jimmy regularly kicks the ball 5 yards deep on kickoffs. Newman was named the Special Teams MVP in the recent Alabama-Mississippi All Star Classic football game. He placed two kicks through the uprights on kickoffs in that game.

Note: Trey Briggs was scheduled to visit this weekend but has had to reschedule for January due to a non football related conflict. He remains solid to his Rice committment.

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