Signing Day is productive for Rice, Houston

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: February 12, 2009

Signing Day HOUSTON – The Rice Owls announced the signing of 24 new players to the Owls roster, hoping to build upon the momentum of Rice’s second 10-win season in school history.

The class includes 18 players from Texas, two each from Canada and Oklahoma and one each from Minnesota and Arizona.

“We signed a class that will give us immediate depth as well as players who will come in and contribute next year,” Rice head coach David Baliff said. “We will be bigger, faster and stronger with these 24 guys. This is a class that we can football games with and it is also a class that we can have a 100% graduation rate with.”

Five of the 24 Owls recruits are from the Greater Houston area. They are include: Linebacker Trey Briggs-Jersey Village, cornerback Alex Francis-Hightower, wide receiver Andre Gautreaux-Friendswood, Offensive tackle-Bobby Janisch-Jersey Village, and Wide receiver Klein Kubiak-Strake Jesuit.

Kubiak, a 6-foot-1, 175 pound All-District 18-5A selection, is the son of Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. Both of his older brothers play football at Colorado State.

The Houston Cougars recruiting class had an in-state emphasis, particularly in the Greater Houston area. Houston signed 20 high school seniors, as well as two junior-college transfers for a total of 22 incoming student-athletes. Of this total, twenty list Texas as their home state, while 15 hail from Houston.

“There is great football in the Greater Houston area and there is great football in this state,” Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “There is a reason why other schools come down here and recruit. We should know more about the players in our area than anyone else in the country”.

Parade All-American A. J. Dugat from Dayton High School highlights this year’s class. Dugat, a wide receiver registered 1,755 yards receiving and scored 28 touchdowns enroute to being named First-Team All-State.

Joining him from the Greater Houston Area are: DB Thomas Bates-Baytown Lee, DT Tyrone Campbell-Channelview, WR James Cleveland-Trinity Valley JC/Baytown, Texas, OL Jarve Dean-Coffeyville CC, OL Keenan Flax-Cypress Ridge, OL Kevin Forsch-Klein Oak, LB Kelvin King III-Alief Taylor, Athlete Jeffery Lewis-Madison, OL Ralph Oragwu-Fort Bend Marshall, Athlete Jared Pickett-Fort Bend Marshall, LB Steven Robertson-Cleveland, DE Radermon Scypion-Port Arthur Memorial, RB Charles Sims-Westbury, DT DeAnthony Sims-Westbury, LB Phillip Steward-Hightower, QB Broderick Thomas Jr.-Madison, and OL Roy Watts-Navarro JC/Houston, Texas.