Rice football recruiting is in full swing. We caught up with one of the Owls recent offers, wide receiver Calvin Wiggins Jr, to talk about his visit and outlook on the program.
In the last few days before the dead period began the Rice football staff hosted a handful of recruits for on campus visits. One of those visitors, 2019 wide receiver Calvin Wiggins Jr., left with an offer and several kind words about the university.
In addition to enjoying his discussions with the staff and the football talk, Wiggins impressed by the beauty of the campus and its unified culture. “It’s like a town in itself,” Wiggins recalled, “I like how everyone is connected and close.” For Rice student-athletes, the commitment to the university lasts much longer than four years. Students, like Wiggins, that realize the importance of the trimmings around the football field are important for this program going forward.
Rice is going to have to work to get Wiggins into the fold. The 3-star recruit from Trophy Club, Texas has 14 offers, including the one from Rice he picked up in late June. Right now, the Owls are up against programs like BYU, Kansas, Army, Navy and Arkansas State, among others.
For now, Wiggins is focussing on getting his feet grounded. “This process is something I’ve never been through before,” Wiggins admitted when discussing his visit. “It’s been exciting to get the opportunity to talk to the coaches and view the campus. My experience on campus was really good.”
Rice can’t have students back on campus for an official visit until the fall. For now, coach Mike Bloomgren and his staff will have to stay in contact with guys like Wiggins and others remotely. Perhaps if that relationship continues to strengthen the Owls can get Wiggins back to Houston soon.