Rice Football Recruiting Director Alex Brown to be named Director of Scouting at SMU, The Roost can confirm.
First reported by Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, The Roost can confirm that now-former Rice football director of recruiting Alex Brown is leaving to take a position at SMU. Although his work was mostly behind the scenes, the impact Brown had on this program was tremendous. Initially hired away from Houston, Brown revamped the full scope of recruiting operations at South Main.
Brown was with Rice football from the spring of 2019 through the 2022 Early Signing Period. Rice signed some of its most highly-rated recruiting classes under his tenure. Beginning with the 2019 signing class, Brown helped Rice land four consecutive Top 6 classes in program history. The last Rice recruiting class to rank inside the Top 10 all-time was the 2015 class.
Signees like Gabe Taylor, DJ Arkansas and Jake Bailey all rank among the Top 10 signees in program history. Fellow signees Rawson MacNeil, Sean Fresch and Davion Carter round out three more from the Top 20 players ever signed by the Owls.
The results on the field didn’t always live up to the level of talent being brought to campus, but as far as Brown’s role was concerned, there was never a lack of playmakers on the way in. Replacing his contributions to the Rice football recruiting operation will be challenging. Fortunately for the Owls, the structure and strategies he put in place should pay dividends for many classes to come.
No formal announcement has been made by Rice football at this time regarding a replacement. Recruiting assistant Daniel Clements will handle duties in the interim.