Lancaster Shines At Rice Camp

Helotes O'Connor's Jarek Lancaster has been keenly interested in Rice since attending Junior Day back in March. The Owls have had Lancaster on their radar as well, staying in regular contact with the versatile San Antonio area athlete. And though he holds offers from Air Force, Army, and North Texas the Owls haven't pulled the trigger on an offer yet. That could change soon…

Rice held the second of many David Bailiff Football Camps Monday at New Braunfels Canyon High School. Several Hill Country players made the trip, including Rice target Jarek Lancaster, who has been considered one of the better linebackers in the San Antonio area. Lancaster has been getting calls from Big 12, Pac 10, Mountain West, and C-USA schools.

He's been working hard in anticipation of the Rice camp and hoped to impress Owl coaches with his skills. Mission accomplished - but at a new position.

"They worked me exclusively at Safety, not LB, and it was fun. Coach Naivar put me through the drills and spent about 15 minutes talking to me and my Dad after camp."

"He said I had great feet and fluid hips. I guess this is great because some of the other coaches (also) had very nice words with me after camp."

Lancaster has the build to be a Linebacker or Safety at the next level – he checked in at 6-1 196 pounds yesterday. But the thing the Owls most covet for their defense is something Lancaster does very well – run. He was a 300M Hurdler this past spring for the Panther Track team and he flashed that speed and quickness Monday.

"I put up good numbers - 4.52 in the 40 and 4.22 in the shuttle. Slightly slower than at TCU but I have a blister on the ball of my right foot after three camps in 5 days." Lancaster also timed 4.52 at the TCU Mini Camp, and weighing 201 pounds there ran an impressive 4.02 second shuttle.

So the million dollar question – have the Owls offered?

"No offer yet because they want to see the other camps, but they asked if I could call them before I commit to any other school. They took me and one other guy to meet Coach Bailiff during the camp. Coach Naivar said they were going to recruit the (heck) out of me now."

Lancaster has more summer camps scheduled but is taking it easy for a while. "I am looking forward to the break this week before SMU and UTEP."

Owl Digest will have the latest news on Jarek as his recruitment continues.

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