The 2021 Rice Football Recruiting doubled down on its quarterback contingent. Weber State transfer Jake Constantine has committed to the Owls.
The 2021 Rice Football recruiting class filled out the majority of its spots during the Early Signing Period. The vast majority of those additions came from the high school ranks. The most recent three, all of which occurred following the Owls’ press conference announcing the class, have been from the transfer ranks. That includes new quarterback commit Jake Constantine.
Constantine’s journey to South Main has been a unique one that began at Boise State, where he redshirted as a true freshman before transferring to Venture Junior College. After a one season stint there, he stepped up to the FCS level at Weber State where he helped lead the Wildcats to back-to-back Big Sky championships.
The plan, from that point, was to spend his final season of eligibility at Towson. That was halted when the Colonial Athletic Association canceled its’ fall football season. So Constantine decided to walk-on at Washington State, but ended up not playing for the Cougars this fall. Barring further pandemic-effects, he’ll spend his final season in Houston with Rice football.
Constantine marks the fourth graduate transfer this staff has signed in the last four recruiting class. His addition, alongside high school signee Shawqi Itraish and current underclassmen JoVoni Johnson, Wiley Green and TJ McMahon make for a rather full quarterback room.
Subscribers can check out takeaways from the entire 2021 class so far, as well as breakdowns of the signees on offense and defense. As things currently stand, Rice should only have a few remaining spots when they get to National Signing Day in February. Most of the Owls’ next wave of incoming players are signed and ready to go.
On the field, Constantine brings a pretty good deep ball with a bit of mobility. He doesn’t have the cannon that Collins did, but his accuracy looks to be a touch or two better. Bringing three years of experience as a starter will be a plus.