The Wait Is Over

After weeks of speculation, Jersey Village Offensive Tackle Bobby Janisch called Rice coaches today with news they had been hoping and waiting for...

When Owl Digest talked to Bobby Janisch a couple weeks ago he said that Rice was probably where he would be going to school. But in spite of his friend and Jersey Village teammate Trey Briggs' committment to Rice, Janisch wasn't ready to commit just yet.

Bobby had told me, "I'll commit when the second OL committment is made."

Janisch made a call to his recruiting Coach, Craig Naivar on Saturday. "I called to check with Coach Naivar on how many OL commits Rice had. I thought their were 3 left, when he told me there was 1 I really got to thinking about committing."

After much thought through the night, Janisch woke up this morning, spoke with his mother, and decided he needed to take care of his future. And though Coach David Bailiff was in New Braunfels visiting family the news from Janisch was welcomed. "I called Coach Bailiff around noon and told him I was ready to accept his offer. He told me that me and Trey (Briggs) were going to be a big part of turning the program around at Rice."

Speaking of Briggs I asked Janisch if he had talked to him.

"Oh yeah, I called him and said it looks like you have a roommate at Rice. He said oh you committed today - that's awesome!"

Janisch is a 3-Star prospect listed as the #54 OT in the country by and the 12th best OT prospect in Texas. He is rated as the 105th best player in Texas by Scout, regardless of position.

Bobby has worked hard in the past 6 months to improve his overall game. "I've worked a lot on game knowledge and speed. I've cut a lot off time off my 40."

In fact, Janisch ran one of the fastest 40 times at the Rice Mini Camp held June 6th at Rice Stadium.

At 6-6 1/2 and 280 pounds. Janisch will team with fellow 2009 commit Jon Hodde (6-7 285) to give the Owls bookend linemen the likes of which South Main may never have seen.

Janisch chose the Owls over interest from Nebraska and Oklahoma State, and offers from Kansas, Wake Forest, and the University of Houston.

He is the 7th verbal committment for the Owls' Class of 2009.

Janisch summed up his committment, "I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I let an opportunity like this slip away."

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