Former Washington kicker Tim Horn has committed to the Owls. He fills a major area of need for the 2022 Rice Football recruiting class.
The 2022 Rice football recruiting class had checked a lot of boxes entering the final weeks leading up to the Early Signing Period. The Owls had their quarterback, some trench bullies on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and several skill players. What they lacked entering mid-December, was a kicker.
Finding a kicker had understandably skyrocketed on the priority list as the fall progressed. The Owls had thought they’d had a multi-year solution set in stone, but reality hit hard. Rice made one field goal longer than 30 yards this season.
Not having tremendous range is one thing, but being bound to nothing more than chip shots is problematic. It simply won’t work if you want to consistently win college football games.
That’s when the Owls’ need connected with the right perspective solution. Coaching staffs were shaken up across the country as the regular season drew to an end and the Transfer Portal began to overflow with options. One of those potential fits was former Washington kicker Tim Horn, who announced his commitment to Rice on the eve of the Early Signing Period.
Horn was the No. 6 ranked kicker in the 2019 class, per 247 Sports. He didn’t kick at Washington, sitting behind veteran kicker Peyton Henry for three seasons who made 52-of-66 career field goals for the Huskies. Henry was a fringe all-conference player during his time with Washington, making the All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2019. He was reliable. And that kept Horn off field goal duty.
Even though he wasn’t starting, Horn did find ways to contribute while at Washington. He handled kickoffs all three years he was in Seattle and attempted (and made three extra points).
Horn plans to enroll in January. That will give him the chance to work with the team throughout spring practices.