The 2019 Rice football recruiting class has earned the commitment from lightning-quick California play-maker Jake Bailey out of John Bosco High.
For those who don’t follow California high school football religiously, John Bosco is one of the premier programs, not just in the state, but in the entire nation. They perennially vie with Mater Dei for the top squad in the state, with both programs finishing the year inside the Top 4 in the national ranks.
Mater Dei would ultimately win the championship this year, but not before being supplanted for the No. 1 rank by John Boscoe, who upset them earlier this fall. The star player in that heavyweight beat down was none other than Jake Bailey. He hauled in three touchdowns that day, finishing with 161 yards in the 41-18 victory.
Bailey’s big game was a part of an impressive career and senior season by the 5-foot-10 speedster. He finished the year with 809 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 46 receptions. There’s no doubt he has the wheels to make an impact on offense, but his first look might come at defensive back. In addition to the gaudy offense stats, Bailey owns three career interceptions and a forced fumble.
Rice beat out offers from BYU, Boston College and several Ivy League schools to secure Bailey’s commitment. Going out of state to land a priority target all while beating out a Power 5 school as well as one of the biggest brands in the midwest is a tremendous credit to Mike Bloomgren and his staff.
Bailey is going to see the field early on in his career and could fill a variety of roles. That’s the floor. If he can assimilate quickly into the college game the sky really might be the limit for him at Rice, whether he plays on offense, defense, special teams or all of the above.