Klare Commits To Rice

It's been a busy week for Rice Owl Football. Though the campus is quiet after the spring semester has ended; Owl coaches have had some very high profile visitors on campus. One decided Saturday he had found "the right fit"...

Rice Football coaches received some very good news Saturday when Refugio's Dylan Klare decided he was ready to be an Owl. Klare visited the Rice campus with his parents and younger brother. At the end of the tour he had his mind made up.

"I committed today. It just felt right. Rice is an awesome place and the campus is just beautiful. I'm from a small town and the campus has a homelike feel to it even though its in a big city."

Dylan added several more reasons why he and other top football players are "flocking" to Rice to be Owls.

"It's a world class education, but the class sizes are just like at my high school. I really like that. I'm going to major in Engineering or Pre-Med."

And what about football?

"The football team is really on the rise. There's some great players in the program and the coaches are doing a great job of putting talent on the field. I really like the coaching staff. It just feels awesome - Rice feels like a place where something big is about to happen."

And how did the family feel about the trip?

"My parents haven't stopped talking about it ever since. They absolutely loved it!"

A two-way standout, Klare has played on the varsity at Refugio since he was a freshman. He was named 31-2A Newcomer of the Year after that season. Klare was then voted 2A All-State the last two years. He was also named to the 2008 All South Texas Team, joining 2009 Rice Offensive Lineman signee Cade Shaw of Calallen. Last season he was named District 30-2A Most Valuable Player; playing both ways.

Dylan will play Defensive End for Rice.

Klare possesses an explosive combination of size, strength, and speed. He is currently 6-3 240 pounds and won his weight class (242) at the State Powerlifting Meet in March, posting totals of 405 pounds int he bench press, 520 pounds in the deadlift, and 610 pounds in the squat.

He has posted personal bests of 31" in the vertical jump and 4.63 in the 40 yard dash. This spring he posted another amazing track time for a player of his size - he ran the 100 meters in 11.4 seconds!

Klare told me a couple weeks ago he had been getting mail from "just about everybody who had a football team". While Rice was his first offer, he had added recent offers from Colorado and Wake Forest.

Dylan told me he is done with the recruiting process and will now focus on preparing for his senior season.

Rice is stockpiling a solid group of defenders as Klare joins other Defensive commits James Radcliffe - LB, Cinco Ranch; Cameron Nwosu - LB, Klein Forest; and Gabe Baker, a heavy hitting Safety from San Antonio MacArthur.

Welcome to Rice Dylan!

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