Big Time In Owl Town

This is the ultimate weekend for Owl sports fans. Juniors from around the state will be on campus Saturday touring Rice and checking out facilities. The Owls also wrap up Spring Practice with a Spring Game scheduled for 12:00. Owl Baseball and Track teams will also be in action...

As many as 150 of the state's top junior football players will converge on the Rice Campus this Saturday to take in Rice Football's Junior Day 2009.

Recruits will check out the John L. Cox Fitness Center, tour the Rice Campus, and also take in a presentation by Rice coaches in the "R" Room.

With a limited amount of scholarships to offer, Owl coaches have targeted players high on their wish list to attend the day's events.

"Junior Days" have become a popular means of recruiting players - almost every school in Division I football will host at least one on their campus this spring. Colleges are in an NCAA imposed "quiet period" at present; which means the only contact they can have with recruits is on their own campus. Junior Days offer an opportunity to present prospective players with information and a first hand experience of what a football program and the campus have to offer.

Rice is expecting some of the state's finest talent, but also is expecting a visit from New Jersey's Chris Burrell. At only 5-6 Burrell is not the tallest guy around - but with legitimate 4.3 speed he's quite possibly the fastest.

Other players who have indicated they will likely attend this weekend are as follows, by position...

Quarterback - Tanner Price - Westlake; Tyler Arndt - Cuero; Matt Brown - Allen

Running Back - Chris Burrell - Ramsey, NJ; Chris Johnson - SA East Central; Marston Jefferson - Arlington Martin

TE - Kevin Kisseberth - Klein; Matt Marfisi - Tomball; Trent Guiberteau - Katy Taylor

WR - Tommy Bowman - Abilene Cooper; Randy Knust - Woodlands; Jordan Leslie - Tomball

OL - Mitch Morse - Austin St. Michael's; Tyler Brown - FB Elkins; Carter Lees - FB Kempner

DE - Holmes Onwukaife - Cedar Park; Chris Mallott - Woodlands College Park; Kirk Poston - St. Pius

DT - Robert Scarpati - Cy-Ridge; Willam Buckwalter - Bellaire Episcopal; Niko Carlson - Katy Taylor; Zach Bolton - Klein Forest

LB - Lowell Willams - FB Marshall; John Bordano - New Braunfels; Cameron Nwosu - Klein Forest

S - Sam Holl - Katy; Gabe Baker - SA Madison; Kye Hildreth - Navasota

CB - Bryce Callahan - Cy-Woods; Fred Blow - Humble Atascocita; Louie Swope - Austin Westlake

These are just a few names of what promises to be a big turnout for the Owls this weekend.

Rice's 10 win season and excellent 2009 recruiting class, combined with recent NFL Draft coverage of former record setting Owls James Casey, Jarett Dillard, Chase Clement has given Rice Football a huge boost in recruiting circles. Recruit interest is at an all-time high.

Sunday, we'll have a recap of the Spring Game and an update of faces who make it in this weekend. We'll also have a summary of Rice Owl Baseball action taking place over at Reckling Park.

What a great time to be a Rice Owl!

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