Rice signs 18 Texas players, 1 from Alaska

Rice signs 18 Texas players, 1 from Alaska

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COLLEGE STATION, TX - AUGUST 31: Rice Owls head coach David Bailiff watches a play during the fourth quarter of the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on August 31, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)


by Chuck Pool / Rice Athletics


Posted on February 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

HOUSTON - The Rice Owls stayed true to their roots when compiling their 2014 recruiting class, adding 18 recruits from the state of Texas and a 19th, Lance Wright, who is a native Texan but will become the Owls’ first recruit from Alaska.

During his seven seasons at Rice, Bailiff has made recruiting Texas products a priority and the results of those efforts have combined to earn three bowl bids and win the school’s first outright conference championship since 1957. 

“Signing Day is always exciting because of the amount of work every member of our staff has put into reaching this day,” Bailiff said. “These young men made a decision to become Rice Owls for all the right reasons. They know they are going to receive the finest education available while accepting the responsibility to continue the momentum our departing seniors created during their careers.  Many of these recruits made a commitment to Rice early in the recruiting process and they never waivered from their decision.  You can hear it in their voice and see it in their eyes, they want to be Rice Owls,” Bailiff added.


NAME                             POS           HT          WT                    HOMETOWN (SCHOOL)

Calvin Anderson           OL              6-6         250                    Austin, TX (Westlake)
V.J. Banks                      SAF            6-2         175                    Bryan, TX (Bryan)
Jorian Clark                    CB              5-9         190                    Mesquite, TX (Horn)
Emmanuel Ellerbee     LB              6-0         224                    Houston, TX (Strake Jesuit)
Preston Gordon           DL              6-0         277                    McKinney, TX (Frisco Heritage)
J.T. Ibe                            SAF            6-0         195                    Mansfield, TX (Mansfield)
Jeremy Jones                QB             6-5         202                    San Antonio, TX (East Central)
Cory Klingler                  OL              6-4         298                    Alvin, TX (New Caney)
Trevor Long                   WR            6-5         219                    East Bernard, TX (East Bernard)
James Mayden             WR            6-2         186                    Rowlett, TX (Sachse)
Martin Nwakamma     LB              6-0         200                    Leander, TX (Leander)
Sam Pierce                     OL              6-5         295                    Cypress, TX (St. Pius X)
Hunter Ponder              OL              6-5         265                    Mansfield, TX (Mansfield)
Samuel Stewart            RB              5-9         195                    Cypress, TX (Cy Woods)
Aston Walter                 ATH           5-8         191                    Crosby, TX (Crosby)
Austin Walter                RB              5-7         180                    Crosby, TX (Crosby)
Destri White                  ATH           6-0         200                    Mesquite, TX (Horn)
Brady Wright                 DE              6-3         231                    Cypress, TX (Cy-Fair)
Lance Wright                 WR            6-3         185                    Fairbanks, AK (North Pole)