Monday, March 25, 2013
Rice hopes this week resembles last
By Damon Sayles
Rice is hoping this week either resembles last week or, better yet, trumps it.
At the start of last week, Rice had zero commitments for the Class of 2014. By the end of the week, four prospects -- all from Texas -- gave verbal pledges. It all kicked off March 18 with versatile lineman Aaron Jenkins (Dallas/Lincoln), who, at 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, can play both defensive tackle and offensive guard at the next level. Jenkins chose Rice over offers from North Texas and Houston.
Cornerback Jorian Clark (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) followed with a commitment Tuesday. High school teammate Andrew Morris, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle, followed Clark on Wednesday. The commitments give Rice three Horn players in the last two recruiting classes, as 2013 linebacker D.J. Green signed last month.
“I think it will benefit the team, as well as each other, because we know each other’s weaknesses and strengths,” Morris said of the reuniting of the Horn players. “It will help each other push harder, faster and stronger, even when times are tough. It’s going to be nice to have someone you know in a big city like Houston.
“It’ll feel just like home,” added Clark, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound defensive back. “Now, we fight for state in [Horn] red. Later, we will achieve great things in Rice blue.”
The recruiting week concluded with a Friday commitment from Hunter Ponder (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield), a 6-foot-6, 245-pound offensive tackle. Ponder had interest from Baylor and SMU.