Hank Brigham of Austin's private St. Andrews School is perhaps one of those prospects.
Brigham has the size (6-4 252), speed (4.85), and grades (1860 on 3-part SAT) to be a very highly recruited player. With those measurables he could play a number of positions in college.
But just as players do every year, Brigham has slipped through the cracks somewhat.
"I think part of it is that I play for a very small private school. We didn't have a great season either so that's probably some of it too."
The Owls are looking at Brigham as either a Tight End or Defensive Tackle. In Rice's Strength and Conditioning Program, Brigham could quickly become a 6-4 280 "3-technique" player - yet still retain his quickness and agility.
And quickness could be Brigham's best asset. He's turned in pro shuttle times of less than 4.5 seconds - excellent for a player of over 250 pounds.
Position doesn't really matter to Hank in college, though he does have a preference.
"I really love playing Tight End. I think I'm a pretty good blocker and receiver. But I'll play whereever I get a chance."
Brigham has been recruited quite heavily by the Ivy League - particularly Princeton, Fordham, and Holy Cross.
"My mom is from New York so she really wanted me to check out the Ivy League schools. Princeton told me I was their number one guy back in the summer but I wasn't ready to commit at the time."
Hank is a 3-sport athlete at St. Andrews, and has been since the 8th grade.
"I play football, basketball, and lacrosse. Lacrosse is really popular up here in Austin. I like it a lot. I'm a pretty big guy out there and I've had some violent collisions. A couple guys got concussions from our collisions early this season."
I asked Hank his favorite sport and without hesitation he replied.
"Without a doubt its football. I love the contact."
Hank told me he is expecting a visit from Rice coaches this week to discuss a possible Rice visit.
"I really like Rice. I think their program is really on the rise. It's a lot closer to home than the Ivy League schools too. We'll see what happens I guess."