Owl Recruits Looking Good

Coach David Bailiff's Rice coaching staff has picked up 8 known commits on the way to what will likely be a smaller class. But if performances so far mean anything, the Owls will no doubt gain quality - if not quantity...

The 2007 High School Season is barely underway but we're keeping a close eye on the play our current verbal commitments. Some had dazzling performances last weekend..

Current Verbals: 8

Scholarships Available: Approximately 15

Current Commits:

Eric Ball 6-3 280 Katy HS

John Gioffre 6-1 285 Katy Cinco Ranch HS

Clay Hebert 6-3 285 Klein HS

Ryan Lewis 6-3 205 Baton Rouge(LA)Catholic

Roddy Maginot 5-10 165 Arlington Bowie HS

Jordan Peppers 6-3 241 Hurst L.D. Bell HS

Michael Smith 6-1 275 Bay City HS

Xavier Webb 5-11 205 Montgomery HS


Roddy Maginot- had a fantastic performance in Bowie's 54-6 win over FW Dunbar. He returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. He then added 3 catches for 84 yards, including a 17 yard score. Maginot could be the boost the Owls are looking for in their return game, and add some speed to the slot position.

Xavier Webb- after dropping their first game to Galena Park the Montgomery Bears bounced back last week to gain a victory over Fort Bend (Richmond) Foster 30-27. Webb had a very impressive outing playing QB. He completed 69% of his passes, going 11-16 for 143 yards and 3 TDs. Webb also added 12 rushes for 96 yards on the ground, including a 26 yard touchdown run. In all he accounted for 239 total yards of offense.

Eric Ball- Katy has been dominant in two games thus far - blowing out Klein and fellow Rice commit Clay Hebert 45-0 in the opener, and then dismantling a normally strong Woodlands team - 48-6. Playing Center, Ball has led the way for RB (and UCLA commit) Aundre Dean. The Tigers have 593 yards rushing in two games! Head Coach Gary Joseph shared with me that Ball had a good game against Klein, "grading out at over 80% with two decleators"

Ryan Lewis- Lewis and the Baton Rouge Catholic Bears started the season in impressive fashion with a blowout of Hammond, 35-9. Lewis threw a 39 yard TD strike, and also added an 11 yard TD run. Last week Catholic lost to Lafayette St.Thomas More 12-7, in a soggy showdown of ranked teams and D-I QB recruits. St. Thomas More is led by another Rice recruit, Mikie Mahtook, a 6-1 205 QB that runs a 4.42 forty and is also a top baseball recruit. Our Scout.com staff in Louisiana tells me he's likely going to play baseball at LSU.

Check for more updates next week..

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