The 2021 Rice Football recruiting class has its first tight end. Colleyville Heritage tight end Jaggar Hebeisen has committed to the Owls.
The limitations on in-house recruiting visits haven’t slowed down the 2021 Rice Football recruiting class. The Owls’ didn’t lose focus, they just shifted their attention online and on the phone. They entered the sudden pause with four commitments. On Friday they picked up their first new addition since. Colleyville Heritage tight end Jaggar Hebeisen has committed to the Owls.
Hebeisen had several offers at the time of his commitment, Utah being the most prominent name. Other notable offers included several Ivy League schools, Air Force and Louisiana Tech. Even with interest picking up this spring, he still planned to make a decision sooner rather than later. The goal was to have things wrapped up before his senior season this fall.
Not only was Hebeisen able to cull the list down before the summer, he’d made his final decision before spring was over. He had plans to visit campus at the end of March, but the shutdown put those on hold. A week later, he committed to the Owls.
The tight end position encompasses several different kinds of players. Rice has several strong blockers who fare best on the line of scrimmage. Heibensen should fill more of the vertical role, giving the Owls the ability to stretch the field and use him in the passing game.
Standing at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Hebeisen has a sturdy frame. He can play in-line and flex out to the slot. Whether Rice needs him in the backfield or split out, he feels comfortable in space. With him in the fold, the Owls have built a strong contingent of young tight ends including Jack Bradley and Nate Kamper.
Rice is going to get to use Hebeisen in a variety of ways. This was a big get for the Owls’ offense.