With Chase Clement graduating and only two QBs on the depth chart behind him. Rice is looking for an outstanding QB to add to its 2009 class. There were several in attendance Saturday.
The Owls would love to add a talented playmaker like Kenneth Guiton from Aldine Eisenhower. Guiton ran an impressive 4.37 second shuttle Saturday and has the quicks to be the dual-threat player Rice Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman wants to operate his Spread attack. Other Owl QB targets who performed Saturday were Aaron Doyle of Evant, Drew Allen of San Antonio Churchill, and Chad Tarhini of Tomball. Richard Morrison of Royse City, Lloyd Chisum of Crane, and Keith Baker of Humble also have the Owls' attention.
Allen checked in at almost 6-6 and ran an impressive 4.22 shuttle. Aaron Doyle was easily the biggest QB there at 222 pounds and could play another position in college. Speaking of playing other positions, Tarhini also punts. Richard Morrison has an offer from UNLV and is also being recruited as a receiver. Lloyd Chisum ran a very fast 4.53 second 40 on the somewhat slow grass UA/Scout Combine surface. Keith Baker worked out with the receivers and posted a 32" vertical.
And speaking of the wideouts, a couple had brilliant performances. Dewayne Peace of South Grand Prairie turned in the best shuttle time of the event with an electric 3.91 second time. His teammate at SGP, Will Adams brought his "A Game" too – he posted a 4.19 second shuttle and a 36" vertical. Aldine Eisenhower's Jaz Reynolds hold an Owl offer and ran one of the best "L Cone" drill times of the day at 7.09 seconds. Rice is recruiting Mesquite's Marcus Trice as an athlete that can play on either side of the ball. He turned a solid all around performance with a 4.54 second forty and a 4.22 second shuttle time.
Temple's Lache Seastrunk turned in the best forty time of anyone Saturday with a 4.41 second forty. Seastrunk is only a sophomore, but the Owls and everyone else have their eyes on the talented running back from Central Texas. The sophomores were represented well as New Waverly's Tyren Watts also ran well. Teammates, and Owl targets, Joseph Carrington and Sir Horace Saulsberry also made the trip to Dallas. Weighing 177 pounds Kendall Lawrence of Rockwall-Heath turned in solid numbers – 4.59 in the forty and a 4.25 second shuttle.
Finally the Owls are looking to add offensive linemen who are agile enough to excel in their Zone Blocking scheme. Travis Swanson is a target who fits that mold and performed very well Saturday. He recently tripped to Norman to check out Oklahoma. Swanson measured right at 6-6 and weighed 271 pounds and the Kingwood lineman ran a nifty 4.65 shuttle. Bobby Janisch of Jersey Village and Joel Gray of Hebron were two of the bigger Rice targets at the event – Janisch is 6-7 281, Gray 6-7 275. Brock Wempa of Royse City may have the perfect skill package for what the Owls are looking for and he showed those skills off Saturday. Wempa measured 6-3 277 pounds and ran one of the best 40 times of any lineman there with a 5.13. He also looked quick in running a 4.62 second shuttle. Wempa has interest coming from North Texas, SMU and Texas A&M. He's a two time All-State lineman.
Tomorrow we look at the defensive targets who performed at the UA/Scout Combine.