Gautreaux Catches Rice Pass

The Rice Owls added what might be the final member to the 2009 Recruiting Class when they picked up a local standout Monday night...

Friendswood's Andre Gautreaux got the offer he was waiting for Monday night when his hometown favorite Rice Owls extended him an invitation to join their 2009 Signing Class.

He eagerly accepted, and becomes the second WR commit in the Class of 2009, joining Manor's Donte Moore.

Gautreaux had a stellar senior season playing in the high powered Mustang Offense quarterbacked by fellow Rice recruit Jacob Karam, who has committed to play football at Texas Tech.

"Jacob and I are really good friends. I called him last night after I committed and he was real happy for me. He really liked everything about Rice, so we've talked about the school a lot."

In 2008 Andre caught 54 passes for 1,116 yards - an impressive 21.6 yards per catch average. He also hauled in 17 touchdowns. The Mustangs went 11-2 on the season and made a deep run into the playoffs behind the Karam-to-Gautreaux pass/catch combination, before eventually bowing to State Champion Lake Travis.

The versatile Gautreaux was a starter on Offense and Defense, a punter, and a return specialist. His overall season stats are sparkling. He had 20 Total TD's - including scores by Receiving and Passing, an interception return, and a kickoff return. On Defense he had 4 Interceptions; and a 36 yard Punting Average.

For his efforts, Gautreaux has piled up the honors: All-State at Wide Receiver, All-Galveston County WR, All-Greater Houston WR, Houston Chronicle Top 100, Unanimous 1st Team All-District selection in class 24-4A. He was also an Academic All-State selection, having already scored a 24 on the ACT. Andre is interested in majoring in Pre-Med at Rice.

He was personally recruited by Rice Head Coach David Bailiff and chose the Owls over offers from Navy, Air Force, and Wyoming.

When the call came from the Rice Big Boss last night Gautreaux was ready.

"Coach Bailiff called last night and asked me if I was ready to be a Rice Owl? I told him yes right on the spot. I really liked my visit to Rice and the coaches. It feels like home there and I'm real happy things worked out for me to get a chance there."

He was also recruited by Kansas, Houston, and Tulane.

The 6-0 185 pound Gautreaux officially visited Rice the weekend of January 16th, joining a large group of committed and uncommitted recruits on campus that weekend. He was hosted by Beaumont freshman Safety David Falgout. I kidded him about that and he said,"yeah I guess they figured the two cajuns would get along pretty well."

With a French name like "Gautreaux", I asked Andre if he "might" be from Louisiana.

"Yes sir, we're from Destrehan near New Orleans."

That being the case, I asked if he strongly considered Tulane.

"I did. I took a hard look at Tulane but I just always liked Rice more."

Andre also plays basketball for Friendswood, and runs the 200 and 400 meter sprints on the Track team. He's been timed in the 40 yard dash in less than 4.5 seconds and has a 34" vertical leap. Andre is exceptionally quick - he's run a 3.99 second pro-shuttle - breaking the 4 second mark is something only a very small percentage of high school players can do. He's also very good once the ball arrives.

"I'd say my best asset as a player is making something happen after the catch. I haven't timed myself recently but I'd say I've got good football speed."

I think Gautreaux can best be described as "a good football player." He's the kind of guy who can do a whole lot for your program - catch passes, make returns, make tackles on Special Teams. He's a nifty guy coaches love to have on their roster. Easy to see why Coach Bailiff took such a personal interest in him...

Welcome to Rice, Andre!

Signing Day is next Wednesday, February 4th.

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