JT Granato commits to Rice after coach writes letter to his cat


The Rice Owls desperately want JT Granato to be their quarterback of the future. The Houston Kinkaid High School junior is a three-star recruit who led his team to an undefeated record last season, throwing for 3,500 yards, 42 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in the process. Earlier this week, Rice offensive coordinator Billy Lynch pulled out all the stops to land Granato.

Lynch somehow caught wind that Granato loves his cat, and he sent him a recruiting letter addressed to the feline. It was addressed to “Kitty Granato,” although the cat’s real name is “White Sox.”

“As you know we’re trying to convince J.T. Rice is the place for him,” Lynch wrote, according to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. “I know you’d like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box. Please help us to get him to choose us. Paw me if you have any questions.”

The unique pitch must have worked. On Thursday, Granato gave Rice a verbal commitment. His father announced the news on Twitter.

“@JGranato10 committed to Rice today,” John Granato wrote on Twitter along with the photo you see above. “Rice closed the deal by sending JT’s cat a recruiting letter. Well done Owls.”

JT also expressed his excitement.

Coaches are always looking for an edge with recruits, and many of them think sending tons of recruiting letters in a single day gives them that. Sometimes all it takes is one letter to a high schooler’s cat to seal the deal.

H/T College Football Talk

Rice players go nuts after Liberty Bowl invitation (Video)

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The invite came immediately after Saturday’s win, with a representative from the Liberty Bowl heading into the Rice locker room to give the players the good news. Considering the Owls will be appearing in only the school’s fourth bowl game in the past 50-plus years, you can understand the level of excitement. Even the bowls with funny names mean something to some people.

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Rice kicker Chris Boswell executes fanciest onside kick ever (Video)

Chris-Boswell-onside-kickRice nearly pulled off an upset against the University of Houston over the weekend in a game that came down to the wire. After cutting Houston’s lead to 31-26 late in the fourth quarter, Rice was able to recover one of the most impressive onside kicks you will ever see.

Kicker Chris Boswell showed off some incredibly fancy footwork by faking like he was going to attempt an onside kick to his left and switching at the last second. Boswell brought his right foot around the back of his left leg and chopped the ball to the right, where a few unsuspecting return men allowed the kicking team to recover. However, the Rice offense was unable to string together a game-winning touchdown drive.

It would have been better if Rice came back and won, but the kick still earned a spot on the 2013 college football highlight reel. We’ll likely be seeing it replayed for a while.

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