Rice football has made the offensive and defensive lines a priority in the 2019 recruiting class, the latest addition coming in the form of defensive lineman Izeya Floyd.
The recruiting run on the offensive and the defensive lines has continued. After securing the commitment of 3-star tight end Jack Bradley on June 11 the Owls have added multiple additional pieces to the trenches. 2-star guard Regan Riddle committed to Rice on June 16 before 3-star Izeya Floyd joined him on Tuesday evening.
— Izeya Floyd (@zeya2019) June 20, 2018
All three of those commitments are from the Dallas area — possible building blocks of what promises to become fertile recruiting ground for the Owls in the coming years. In the near future, Floyd is a savvy addition for the Owls.
Standing 6-foot-2 and tipping the scale at 305 pounds, Floyd has a body built for the trenches. Bloomgren and his staff were the first Texas school to take notice. Up until the Owls offered him this week, Floyd’s offers consisted largely of Ivy League schools like Harvard, Cornell, Brown, Yale and Princeton. Outside of the Ivies, Floyd also had offers from Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Air Force.
247 sports ranks Floyd as the No. 18 center in the 2019 class and the No. 303 player in the state of Texas. It’s still a bit unclear where he’ll suit up in the college ranks. He played primarily at left guard during his junior season but Bloomgren’s staff plans to play him on the defensive line.
His willingness to flip over to the other side of the ball make it seem likely that he’ll find a way to get on the field sooner rather than later. For now, he’ll join current defensive end commit Justin Moore somewhere along on the defensive front.