Owls Pickup First of 2010

When the news came of a Rice offer, it didn't take long for one of the best LB's in Greater Houston to say "yes"...

Rice Football got some great news tonight when they gained the pledge of talented Cinco Ranch Linebacker James Radcliffe.

Rice coaches received a call from Radcliffe tonight and extended an offer; one he immediately accepted.

"When Coach Naivar offered the scholarship tonight I pretty much accepted on the spot. Rice has been the place I've wanted to be. It's close to home and my parents can see me play; plus my brothers live near Rice so I'll be close to them too. It's obviously a chance to get a great education and I love the Defense. I can play either Linebacker or Weak Safety for Rice."

Radcliffe called Head Coach David Bailiff a short while ago to give him the news.

"Coach Bailiff was very excited. He welcomed me into the program and said he couldn't wait to come out and see me play in spring practice."

He is the Owls' first commit of the 2010 Signing Class; and a welcome addition to a Defense looking to gain Linebackers for the future.

James is currently 6-1 205 pounds and runs a 4.56 40 yard dash. He has exceptional lateral quickness - timed at 4.15 in the pro shuttle. That quickness helped him earn several honors last year.

Radcliffe was Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year in District 17-5A, along with fellow Rice recruit Sam Holl of Katy. He posted 126 tackles last year and was also named to 5ATexasFootball.com's All Texas Junior Team.

Radcliffe's coach at Cinco Ranch Don Clayton, had this to say about James recently.

"A lot of things that happened on our defense were the direct result of James, of how he fit in on our defense. He has such good instincts. He didn't make all the plays, but he set up people who made a lot of plays. And he made a lot of big plays for us."

Radcliffe is the 4th player from Cinco Ranch that will attend Rice. Sophomore Noseguard John Gioffre is from Cinco Ranch, and he will be joined by invited walk-ons Tanner Leland and Bobby Kiesewetter this summer, also soon to be Cinco Ranch alums.

For Radcliffe recruiting is done. Though he had gotten a lot of interest from TCU, Tulane, and Stanford recently; the offer he really wanted came tonight.

"I'm done with recruiting. My committment is solid. Now I can concentrate on my senior season and on getting bigger, stronger, and faster."

Sounds good to us James, welcome to Rice!

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