The 2022 Rice Football recruiting class added a massive pickup in the offensive trenches, securing a commitment from offensive lineman Miguel Cedeno.
Just as the Owls were working through the bye week the 2022 Rice football recruiting class was working towards prolonging that success. Rice began its fall campaign with seven commitments in their upcoming class. They’ve now picked up numbers eight and nine, adding their second pledge of the week, this from American Heritage (FL) offensive lineman Miguel Cedeno.
Cedeno is the first offensive lineman in the Owls’ 2022 class. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound big man was initially offered by Rice on September 25 and made a visit to campus shortly after to see Rice take down Southern Miss. That proved to be all he needed to see, opting to shut his recruitment down a little more than a week later with these six finalists: Rice, West Virginia, Utah, Florida Atlantic, Tulane and Southern Miss.
The commitment from Cedeno gives Rice another head-to-head recruiting win over multiple Power 5 programs. It also keeps the pipeline to Florida open. Rice has signed at least one Floridian in every class since Mike Bloomgren took the helm of the program, now spanning five classes. Rice had no signees from Florida over the prior five years.
The fifth commitment on the offensive side of the ball, Cedeno will someday provide protection for quarterback commit AJ Padgett as well as wideouts Braylen Walker and Rawson MacNeill and running back Dean Connors.
When you turn the tape on, it’s easy to see what the Owls saw when they made the decision to extend an offer to Cedeno. Not only does he win his one-on-one battles, he overpowers defenders in the trenches. Already a big human being, he has the chance to become even more threatening with a few years of work with strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub. He’s fairly fast on his feet for someone of that size, too. Altogether, this is a great pickup for Rice football.