Rice Owls 2013 Signing Day

Published On: Feb 06 2013 05:34:12 PM CST

HOUSTON -

Rice head football coach David Bailiff and staff did not have to venture far to line up the bulk of their 2013 recruiting class.

 

The Owls inked a total of 18 players on Wednesday, and 12 of those 18 played their high school football in the greater Houston area and 17 of the 18 hail from the state of Texas with the 18th being the latest recruiting success from Canada.

 

“This is an exciting class that was built through a great deal of hard work by our staff,” Bailiff said. “We were very excited to have the kind of success we had with the recruits in the Houston area. I know so many of their families and their coaches in the area are really excited to know they have chosen to stay close to home so they can enjoy watching them play.  It’s great to see so many choosing Rice as the place where they can combine their love of football and their desire to get a great education.  I can’t wait for this class to get to campus and start working with our returning players to prepare for a great 2013 season.”

 

2013 RICE OWLS FOOTBALL RECRUITS

NAME                             POS           HT          WT                    HOMETOWN (SCHOOL)

Temi Alaka                     WR            6-2         190                    Houston, TX (Cy Falls)

Anthony Canady II      DB              5-9         170                    Mesquite, TX (Mesquite)

Ty Carter                        DS              6-3         260                    Houston, TX (Mayde Creek)

Jowan Davis                  RB              5-7         205                    Sealy,TX (Sealy)

Nate German                QB             6-2         215                    Cypress, TX (Cy Woods)

Peter Godber                OL              6-4         287                    Toronto, Ontario, Canada (St Andrews)

D.J. Green                      LB              6-2         225                    Mesquite, TX (Horn)

Parker Hanusa              DE              6-3         225                    Austin, TX (Westwood)

Cole Hunt                       TE              6-6         240                    El Campo, TX (El Campo)

Brad Luvender              DT              6-4         265                    Richmond, TX (George Ranch)

Trey Martin                   OL              6-3         270                    El Campo, TX (El Campo)

Graysen Schantz          DE              6-3         240                    Hickory Creek, TX  (Lake Dallas)

Parker Smith                 WR            6-1         190                    Richmond, TX (Travis)

Cole Thomas                 DB              6-2         190                    Katy, TX (Cinco Ranch)

Kenneth Thompson    OL              6-4         285                    Houston, TX (Langham Creek)

Nick Uretsky                  LB              6-0         215                    San Antonio, TX (Alamo Heights)

Robby Wells III             TE              6-5         225                    Katy, TX (Taylor)

Brian Womac                DE              6-3         230                    Houston, TX (Memorial)

 

 

                                                                       

Temi Alaka              WR         6-2       190               Houston, TX (Cy Falls)

All-District 15-5A selection at wide receiver for the Eagles under coach Kirk Eaton…  Team finished 9-2 including a win in the opening round of the state playoffs… Caught 43 passes for 833 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior… His 12 touchdown catches led the district… Named to the The Houston Chronicle’s Top 100…Two-year starter at wide receiver… Also ran track as the Eagles were District 17-5A Champions… Both parents are lawyers… Earned Academic All State honors and works as a volunteer at his church.

Bailiff on Alaka: "He’s a tall, rangy receiver with breakaway speed.”

 

Anthony Canady II  DB          5-9       170               Mesquite, TX (Mesquite)

Standout corner for coach Robbie Robinson and the Skeeters who saw his senior season end early because of an injury during summer 7 on 7 competitions… Saw action in just two games and was credited with 10 tackles and one interception… Earned All District 12-5A honors as a junior and honorable mention honors as a sophomore and was listed by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football as one of the top 25 corners in the state heading into his senior year… Finished his high school career with 104 career tackles and eight interceptions… A member of the A/B Honor Roll who also competed in Speech and Debate in high school.

Bailiff on Canady: "A playmaker. Whether he is at corner or on special teams as a returner, he is a threat."

 

Ty Carter                  DS           6-3       260               Houston, TX (Mayde Creek)

Two-time District 19-5A Special Teams Player of the Year as a deep snapper for coach Lance Carter, who is also his father, at Mayde Creek…. Also earned all-district honors a senior and second team honors as a junior for his play on the offensive line... Three-time Academic All District selection… Throws the shot in track… Was selected as a representative to the 2012 Boys State. 

 Bailiff on Carter: "Very accurate deep snapper who also has great velocity on his snaps."

 

Jowan Davis               RB        5-7       205                  Sealy,TX (Sealy)

Power-packed running back who was a three-time All District 25-3A selection in his career for coach Jimmie Mitchell at Sealy… Rushed for over 4,000 yards in his career, including over 1,200 as a senior… Four-year letterman who saw his team’s drive for a fourth consecutive district title ended by El Campo, which was led by a pair of fellow Owl signees (Cole Hunt and Trey Martin)… Also runs track… A member of the Academic Excellence program at Sealy.

Bailiff on Davis: "He’s a very powerful runner who also has great vision, balance and speed."

 

Nate German           QB          6-2       215               Cypress, TX (Cy Woods)

Multi-talented athlete who was a two-year starter at quarterback for coach Trent Faith and the Wildcats…  Suffered a preseason injury that limited his playing time as a senior, throwing for 485 yards… Threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career and added another 13 touchdowns on the ground…  A member of the Houston Chronicle Hot 100 and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s top 30 quarterbacks  heading into his senior year… Named to the The Houston Chronicle’s Top 100… Participated in the Nike Elite 11 Quarterback camp and the US Army All American Combine… A standout in soccer, playing for the Houston Pumas select team which won back-to-back state select team titles (2008-09) while earning Offensive Player of the Year and the Leadership Award for three consecutive years…  Also competes in track and basketball… Four-year member of the honor roll. 

Bailiff on German: "He’s everything we are looking for in a quarterback he’s athletic and throws the ball with great accuracy."

 

Peter Godber          OL           6-4       287               Toronto, Ontario, Canada (St Andrews)

The latest product of the Owls  recruiting efforts in Canada, Godber was named a city and provincial all star as a senior for coach Len Gurr at St. Andrews College.   A three-year starter for the Saints and was ranked as the #2 player in Canada this year… Led St. Andrews to the Canadian Independent School Athletic Association title at the Rogers Center in Toronto…  Was selected to play for the World Team in the 2012 IFAF International Bowl which was held in Austin.

Bailiff on Godber: ”Big and physical, but also has great feet for a young man his size. He has a huge upside."

 

D.J. Green                LB           6-2       225               Mesquite, TX (Horn)

Co-Defensive MVP of District 12-5A as a senior for coach Rodney Webb and the Jaguars… Led Horn to their most successful season to date, finishing with an 8-4 record and a Bi-District title… Honorable mention All-State pick… Two-year starter who set the career tackles record by averaging 10.3 tackles per game (228 total)… Named to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s Top 20 Linebackers prior to his senior year… Ranked by ESPN as the nation’s 39th best outside linebacker and the state’s 59th best player… Second-team Academic All State selection… Played in the school orchestra.

Bailiff on Green: “A highly motivated young man who plays with a high level of energy and intensity.”

 

Parker Hanusa        DE          6-3       225               Austin, TX (Westwood)

Defensive MVP of District 16-5A after a standout senior season for coach Anthony Wood… Led the Warriors to a 10-3 record…. Credited with 18 sacks as a senior and named the team’s Defensive MVP…  Named All-CenTex first team and honorable mention All-State… Second-team Academic All State selection… Also plays basketball…  A member of the German Club.
Bailiff on Hanusa:: “Long, rangy and athletic defensive end with tremendous growth potential.”

 

 

Cole Hunt                TE           6-6       240               El Campo, TX (El Campo)

Named the AP’s 3A Defensive Player of the Year for coach Bob Gillis while leading El Campo to the 3-A Division I State Championship game… Earned consensus All-State honors as well as earning a spot on Max Preps Medium School High School All America Team… Joined teammate and fellow Rice signee Trey Martin to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s All Texas High School second team at the conclusion of the season… Had been named one of DCTF’s Top 10 Tight Ends heading into his senior year…  Also named All Greater Houston and Victoria-area MVP… Member of the National Honor Society  and a four-time Academic All District selection… Junior Ambassador of the Chamber of Commerce, FCA and Interact and was the Elks Student of the Month.

Bailiff on Hunt: “An athlete who excelled on both sides of the ball. He has great growth potential.”

 

Brad Luvender         DT          6-4       265               Richmond, TX (George Ranch)

All-District 23-4A as a senior for coach Ricky Tullos in the Longhorns first season of varsity competition… Led team to a 5-5 finish… Three-year letterman in wrestling, finishing as the district runner-up as a junior… Played rugby on the club level with the Katy Barbarians and was a member of the USA High School All American team that competed internationally in South Africa and Argentina last summer… National Honor Society member.

Bailiff on Luvender: ”A very athletic defensive tackle who showcased his toughness by playing internationally with the junior national rugby team as well as by wrestling in high school.”

 

Trey Martin             OL           6-3       270               El Campo, TX (El Campo)

All-State selection while teaming with fellow Owl signee Cole Hunt to lead El Campo to the 3-A Division 1 State Championship game under coach Bob Gillis...  Joined teammate and fellow Rice signee Cole Hunt to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s All Texas High School second team at the conclusion of the season… Earned All-District 25-3A honors on both offense and defense as well as Victoria Area Lineman of the Year and second-team All-Greater Houston… Credited with 81 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack as a senior… Credited with 64 tackles and five sacks on defense… Academic All-District selection.

Bailiff on Martin: “A dominating blocker who led his team in knockdowns and dominated on both sides of the ball.”

 

Graysen Schantz      DE          6-3       240               Hickory Creek, TX  (Lake Dallas)

Defensive MVP of District 5-4A as a senior for coach Mike Young at Lake Dallas HS…. All-State honorable mention selection and a finalist for the Dallas-Ft. Worth First Down Club Defensive Player of the Year… Credited with 65 tackles as senior, including 20 for loss (17 sacks) as well as 40 quarterback hurries and three blocked kicks… Finished his career with 150 tackles, including 42 for loss (30 sacks) and 100 hurries… Earned Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a junior… Honorable Mention Academic All State honoree. 

Bailiff on Schantz: ”Explosive defensive end and a natural pass rusher who makes plays sideline to sideline. “

 

Parker Smith           WR         6-1       190               Richmond, TX (Travis)

All-District 23-5A  and All Region III selection as a senior for coach Randy Cunningham at Travis HS as both a wide receiver and punter…. Led team to the Region III championship game…. Finished his career with 80 receptions for 1,456 yards and 12 touchdowns, including 45 for 1,006 and nine scores as a senior… Father (Bobby) played football and baseball at Louisiana Tech, brother (Conner)is currently a quarterback at Colorado State… Academic All-State second team selection.  

Bailiff on Smith: ”Exceptional hands and very athletic with the ball in his hands.”

 

Cole Thomas           DB          6-2       190               Katy, TX (Cinco Ranch)

Second team All-District 19-5A selection at quarterback as a senior for coach Don Clayton at Cinco Ranch, which has produced a number of current Owls including LB James Radcliff and DE Tanner Leland…  A member of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s Top 300 as an athlete… Named to the The Houston Chronicle’s Top 100…Threw for nearly 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior while setting a school record for completion percentage (66.5%)  and over 3,000 yards and 29 TDs in two seasons… Also credited with 91 tackles on defense… Team captain as a senior… Academic All State and Academic All District selection… Elected to the Superintendent’s Round Table and received the school’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award… Member of the National Honor Society and volunteers with Katy Christian Ministries.  Bailiff on Thomas: ”Great athlete who runs 4.4 in the 40 and 3.9 in the pro shuttle.”

 

Kenneth Thompson                           OL                 6-4          285      Houston, TX (Langham Creek)

Two-time All District 17-5A selection and a three-year starter for coach Todd Thompson at Langham Creek HS…. Led team to district title as a senior… Honorable mention All-State honoree… Tabbed by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Top 300 as one of the top 30 line prospects heading into 2012… Named to the The Houston Chronicle’s Top 100..  Eagle Scout.   Bailiff on Thompson: “Strong, dominating lineman who finishes his blocks and shows his athleticism by being one of the top shot putters in the area.”

 

Nick Uretsky            LB           6-0       215               San Antonio, TX (Alamo Heights)

All-State, All-Area and District 27-4A Defensive MVP selection as a senior for coach Mike Norment  in his final season at Alamo Heights, which also produced former Rice standout Chase Clement … Credited with 182 tackles as a senior while leading the Mules to an 8-3 record…. Credited with 454 tackles in his career… Also ran track and a member of the Mules’ 4x100 relay that was a regional finalist and was named team captain… National Hispanic Merit Scholar and an Eagle Scout… A member of Young Life and FCA.

Bailiff on Uretsky: “Physical linebacker who plays downhill with great instincts.  He’s a natural tackler who makes plays all over the field.”

 

Robby Wells III        TE           6-5       225               Katy, TX (Taylor)

All District 19-5A selection for coach Flint Risien at Katy Taylor HS after catching 48 passes for 510 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior…  A former quarterback, Wells completed 11 of 17 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in spot duty and also rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries… Named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s Top 300 as one of top 10 tight ends coming into his senior year and as the seventh best tight end in Texas in their postseason edition… Closed out his career with 50 receptions for 520 yards and 11 TDs, 515 yards rushing with three touchdowns and 939 yard passing (102/188) with five TDs… Also lettered in baseball… A member of the National Honor Society and a second-team Academic All-State selection… Four-time Academic All District choice… A member of Young Life  and Best Buddies… Performed in Taylor’s presentation of “Seussical, The Musical”. 

Bailiff on Wells : “Great hands, and a great athlete. Coach Risien used him as a tight end, wide receiver, running back and quarterback. ”

 

Brian Womac           DE          6-3       230               Houston, TX (Memorial)

Defensive Player of the Year in District 19-5A for coach Gary Koch at Memorial HS… All-district as a senior and a second team selection as a junior… Four-year letterman… Named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s Top 300 linebackers heading into his senior year and as the eighth best LB in Texas in their postseason edition… Named to the The Houston Chronicle’s Top 100

Academic  All-District selection. 

Bailiff on Womac: ”Played both inside and outside linebacker with a very high motor and sudden acceleration which translates into great potential as a pass rusher.”

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