The Houston Cy-Fair 2015 defensive tackle committed March 15 to Rice, but announced via Twitter on Friday afternoon that he has decommitted from the Owls.
I would like to thank Rice for the opportunity that they have given me, but I have decided to open up my recruitment !— ross donelly (@Rossino_90) August 1, 2014
During the past week, Donelly picked up offers from schools in the SEC and Pac-12: Ole Miss and Stanford. Those two Power 5 conference programs join Mississippi State, Fresno State, and Northwestern on Donelly's growing offer list, along with Rice.
Donelly's decommitment drops Rice's 2015 class to 13 players. Donelly was the first prospect to commit to the Owls for their 2015 class. Now the earlierst commitment belongs to Forney (Texas) quarterback/tight end Hunter Herndon, who committed March 17.
Scout.com rates Donelly as a three-star prospect. He's ranked No. 41 nationally at the defensive tackle position.
Nevertheless, Rice still has commitments from seven three-star prospects, including another quality defensive tackle in Dallas Skyline's Zach Abercrumbia, who pledged June 16 to the Owls. Abercrumbia is the No. 30 defensive tackle in Scout's national rankings.
From May 15 to June 18, Rice got 10 of its 13 commitments, but the Owls have not gotten a commitment since.
Continue to check Scout as we track the progress of Donelly's evolving recruitment, which now includes six offers, four of which come from P5 conference programs.