Owls Still An Option For Calallen OL

Rice already has one of its most talented groups of OL commits in years. Could they be adding to it? Owl Digest has more…

In a fantastic year for OL recruiting in Texas the Rice Owls are still an option for one of the best remaining undecided commits in the state.

CC Calallen Offensive Tackle Cade Shaw has gotten plenty of recognition thus far in 2009 as one of the state's finest. He is listed as the #10 player on our Scout.com South Texas 75. Dave Campbell's Texas Football tabs him as a Super Team selection. He was also named a 1st Team All District 31-4A selection for legendary Calallen coach Phil Danaher after last season.

And he's just the type of Offensive Lineman Rice has coveted, but not been able to recruit in any numbers in recent years.

At 6-5 285 pounds Shaw would perhaps be the icing on the cake to the Owls' already impressive haul of Bobby Janisch, Jon Hodde, and possibly Alex Lowry, who may move to defense. I got a chance to watch Cade awhile at the Rice Camp in Houston held on June 6th - and he was definitely one of the Top 3 OL in attendance in my opinion. Shaw is a lean 285 pounds, Mitch Shaw says, "Most people see Cade and think he weighs about 230 pounds. I tell them he's 285 and they say NO way!" Though his frame is ready to carry more weight in college he's already got great weight room numbers - a 350 pound Bench and close to 500 pound Squat.

And the Owls still have a good shot with Cade - I spoke to his dad yesterday and he said they were coming up to Houston for an unofficial visit sometime in the next couple of weeks. Cade is interested in Petroleum Engineering and wants to meet with academic advisors at Rice to discuss a program for that field. Not many realize that Rice turns out its fair share of oil and gas professionals, so I'm confident that Cade and his family will get the academic answers they are looking for while on campus.

Another thing Cade and is family are looking for is an active fan base. Mr. Shaw asked me recently about attendance at Rice games. That's something that you Owls will have to help with but if recruiting interest as of late is any indicator – Rice Stadium will be filling up nicely in the coming months.

Shaw is being recruited by several schools including Arizona, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, SMU, Houston, and Rice. He's looking for place where he can make a difference.

No question Rice could be that place.

Owl Digest will have the exclusive follow up on Cade's thoughts immediately after his visit …

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