February 3, 2012

Recruiting Wrap-up - Things You Didn't Know

The ink on the 2012 Class is now dry and as we close the book on their recruitment, here's a little look at something unique on each that we've never shared here before...

Andre Anderson - eats chicken fried chicken before every game…

J.T. Blasingame - didn't stop playing with action figures until he was 12…

Derek Brown - uses visualization and mental imagery before every game, and says a lot of the time his thoughts actually happen. Also loves to country dance…

Justin Carter - eats and finishes only one thing on his dinner plate at a time, never mixing or jumping from one thing to the next…

Connor Cella - hates hearing or listening to music before games…

Brandon Dawkins - is on the water polo and swim team at Plano Prestonwood Christian…

Cameron Decell - is an avid wake-boarder (learned at 6) and water skier. He learned how to slalom at 12…

Darik Dillard - tutors elementary school students in the morning at Oak Grove Elementary; also tutors English as second language students during his lunch…

Zach Espinosa - throughout high school has always gotten his ankles taped, before his wrists…

Garrett Fuhrman - is a really good hockey player and has been ice skating since he was 3 and loves the Detroit Red Wings…

Brandon Hamilton - is a self proclaimed "momma's boy"…

Cody Henessee - loves to hunt and fish, also considers himself "conservative right"…

Alex Lyons - has such a nasty disposition before games that teammates won't talk to him. Off the field he is ranked 8th in his class and is a class favorite…

Tabari McGaskey - takes Nyquil the night before games so he gets a good night's sleep, does photojournalism as a hobby, listens to Young Jeezy before every game...

Reid Mitchell - when he was younger was a competition skateboarder with a sponsor, also always puts his left sock and left shoe on first before games…

Dennis Parks - up until noon on Saturday, the weekend of his official visit to Rice was still telling other recruits he was going to Minnesota (his meeting with Sam McGuffie and Billy Lynch changed that)…

Connor Patterson - is obsessed with racquetball and plays almost every day…

Darrion Pollard - likes to skateboard, eats frosted flakes the night before every game, always listens

Nate Richards - reads non-fiction history books in his spare time…

Spencer Stanley - can do the splits, also can swallow his tongue…

Tyler Stehling - is a very good baseball player and has hit 87 mph on the radar gun…

Luke Turner - is an avid hunter, especially duck hunting…and his ankle is 100% healed now…

David Wilganowski - several major networks have and are contacting him to do documentary pieces on his extraordinary story, and how Rice is helping write a happy ending to it…


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