Just like last year, Rice football went west to snag a grad transfer full back. This time earning a commitment from Stanford product Reagan Williams.
Grad transfer fullback Reagan Williams will transfer to Rice. He’ll join center Brian Chaffin, another Stanford transfer and a former teammate of Williams, both of which have followed their former coach to Rice. The duo made the decision together this spring. Williams’ paperwork went through this week, finalizing his 2019 plans.
Williams’ decision to head to South Main is a year removed from another grad-transfer fullback who made a significant impact for the Owls both on and off the field.
Gio Gentosi came to Rice from UCLA last season and quickly became an important leader on a young Rice team. Even though fullback isn’t a position most consider glamorous, Gentosi still managed a career year, capped off with a touchdown run in his final collegiate game. Williams hopes to follow in those footsteps.
The No. 3 fullback in the nation in the 2015 recruiting class, Williams drew interest from teams like Michigan, Boston College and Purdue before choosing Stanford. Like Gentosi, he wasn’t a focal point of the offense, but paved the way for the likes of Christian McCaffrey and Bryce Love during his three seasons playing for the Cardinal.
On the field, Williams can step in immediately and fill the void left by Gentosi. But what he provides off the field might be equally as important. Williams bought into the culture Mike Bloomgren was selling at Stanford, following Rice’s current coach to Palo Alto four years ago. Now he’s taking another step on the journey, committing once again to be a voice championing Bloomgren’s cause.
Williams never registered a carry at Stanford. Given how Bloomgren and offensive coordinator Jerry Mack have utilized the position so far, that’s something likely to change. Williams will see more action at Rice, something that could benefit both parties tremendously.
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