It was just over a month since the Rice program got its last recruit.
Well, it doubled that number in one week. The Owl program added two impact skilled players to the 2015 class, one from the Houston area and the other from the Dallas/Fort Worth region.
First was a player who was all state as a running back, putting up crazy numbers in DFW in Addison (Tex.) Trinity Christian running back Nahshon Ellerbe. Last season, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Ellerbe ran for 1,821 yards with 41 touchdowns. He also had 665 receiving yards as well.
"Nahshon committed to Rice on 5/15/2014," a family member informed Scout.com.
Ellerbe chose Rice over offers from Harvard and Navy.
Heading south on I-45 in the West Houston area, another player decided Rice was the place for him, though the message got to him in an interesting fashion. From Houston (Tex.) Kinkaid, quarterback J.T. Granato got a letter in the mail addressed to his cat (Kitty) which had a message that Rice would like to add him to the 2015 recruiting class.
Last week, he went ahead and said yes, but the choice went well beyond the feline letter.
"The education, the rise of the program and the fact that I could be part of the best team Rice has ever had. Those are some of the reasons," Granato said.
Last season the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback led his team to a state championship throwing for 3,394 yards and 42 touchdowns.