Rice coaches got themselves one heck of a football player when Helotes O'Connor star Jarek Lancaster gave them his verbal committment a couple weeks ago. He visits the Rice campus today on an unofficial visit...

It's hard to find any football recruit more excited about Rice than Jarek Lancaster. "J-Wreck" as he's known around Helotes is really fired up to be an Owl and is already working hard to prepare for his senior year and his future at Rice.

Lancaster has been working with a trainer daily in his hometown of Helotes, which is a suburb of San Antonio. I spoke with him last night as he was preparing to travel to Houston today for an unofficial visit to the Rice campus where he'll tour facilities again and meet with Owl coaches.

"My Senior year is approaching fast and I have been steadily gaining "GOOD" weight. I am up to 206 lbs from the 196 lbs. that I was at the Rice camp. My trainer is very happy with the progress. I will be slowing down on the weight gains at 210 lbs. so that I can be an effective QB." Lancaster will play Quarterback for the Panthers for the second time in his high school career this fall - he also played QB as a Sophomore.

He has improved both his speed and strength in recent weeks.

"My speed has gotten better (4.51, 4.50, 4.52) with the weight gains and strength gains. (315 bench) I am very excited to compete this fall! I test every four weeks and I am very happy with the numbers."

Lancaster committed on June 16th to Owl coaches but did so by phone after receiving an offer from the Owls, after he phoned Coach Blake Miller. Jarek and his family will use the visit to Rice today to formalize his committment, but it needs no securing. He's a rock solid commit to Rice.

"I am very happy with my decision and look forward to talking to the coaches about my future at Rice. I will visit Rice on Monday to shake hands and meet all the coaches. I am going with my parents to talk about the school and meet academic advisors. I hope to meet some players while I am there too."

Lancaster has a tremendous attitude and looks forward to his football future at Rice. He is ready to learn and grow as a player.

"I can't imagine what the Coaching at Rice will get out of me."

Here's a possibility: All C-USA....?

Go Owls!

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