Former Cal tight end Gavin Reinwald has joined the 2022 Rice Football recruiting class, providing experience and depth for the Owls at the position.
It’s going to be surreal looking at the roster next season and not seeing Jordan Myers or Jaeger Bull listed anywhere on it. That’s part of what made finding a quality tight end in the Transfer Portal became somewhat of a priority for the 2022 Rice Football Recruiting class. And that’s what eventually would open up the door for the commitment of Cal transfer Gavin Reinwald.
The Owls weren’t desperate to find just anybody to play the position. Jack Bradley has emerged as a fixture on the depth chart and getting Nate Kamper back healthy for next season will provide more options in the passing game. Adding a tight end was only going to make sense if they found one that could add value in a variety of facets. Reinwald fits that bill.
A California native, Reinwald tallied 1,873 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns in high school, proof that he’s more than just someone to stick on the end of the line and block. He would go on to play in 39 games at Cal with eight starts. He tallied 31 receptions for 315 yards and four touchdowns over four years with the Golden Bears. He can line up wide and play some wide receiver if needed.
Reinwald crossed paths with current Rice offensive coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo before Tuiasosopo headed to Texas. In fact, Tuiasosopo was Reinwald’s position coach in 2019 and 2020, moving over from the Cal quarterback room the two seasons prior. Tuiasosopo is very familiar with what Reinwald brings to the table, and if he feels he can be an asset for the Rice offense, it’s hard to fault him.
A graduate transfer, Reinwald will have one final season of eligibility once he arrives at South Main. Already familiar with some of the scheme which Tuiasopopo brought with him from Cal, he’s a good pickup for the Owls from the portal.