Speed To Burn

Coach David Bailiff's Rice coaching staff has made it a priority to recruit local Houston players. That strategy has paid off with 7 commits in the 2008 class from within 100 miles of Houston. The Owls still have their eyes on a handful more local players, especially two from Cy-Falls High School...

While their record wouldn't indicate the fact, Rice put up some gaudy offensive numbers last year. Chase Clement broke several records in directing the Rice Spread Offense to one of it's most statistically impressive seasons ever. So what could possibly be missing? Speed. No offense to current players, we're fiercely proud of all of you, but the 2008 Rice Offense could be potentially lethal with added elements of speed. Rice has already gained the commitments of cat quick offensive players like Roddy Maginot and Michael Patterson. But they'd like two more mercurial players to complete the Offense's transformation from really good, to lethal. They didn't have to look far. Who are they?

Denzel Wells and Shane Turner, local schoolboy standouts at Houston's Cy-Fall High School.

How fast are they? 4.3 in the 40 fast. Game changing fast. So fast that if lined up together on the same offense at Rice, defensive players would have a very hard time covering both. Think JD would like to see more single coverages? You bet. These guys could dictate those types of scenarios.

So what are the Owls chances of landing either of these impact players? Both have already visited Fresno State and have them at the top of their current lists. Turner has also visited Boston College. I spoke with Denzel Wells last night and this is the latest on Rice and his recruitment.

Where does Rice rank among your college preferences?

"I've visited Fresno State and Louisiana Tech so far. I really enjoyed my visit to Fresno. I haven't been to Rice yet so it's hard to say how I feel about them. They set up our visits this weekend so Shane and I could come check out Rice together."

Is there a chance you guys could go to the same school?

"We're real good friends and we've talked about how it would be to go to the same school. I think individually we're great players but lining up again on the same offense would give defenses a real challenge."

What schools are recruiting you?

"Fresno State, La. Tech, SMU, Arkansas, and Rice. Arkansas is talking to me about playing cornerback though, which I'm not really interested in doing."

So what position do you prefer to play in college?

"Probably wide receiver."

You played some running back in high school prior to your senior year, would that be an option you'd like?

"Yeah that'd be OK too"

What are you looking for in the college you choose?

"I'd like a good academic program. Fresno State really has some good ones. I'm interested in Sports Medicine."

Do you a have a time frame for your decision?

"I'm not sure right now because I still have some visits to take. I'll take my visit to Rice this weekend. I might have an answer sometime after that. SMU wants me to visit too but I'm not sure."

Stay tuned to Owl Digest as we follow the recruitment of Denzel and Shane closely in the days to come...

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