One of the final high school additions to the 2023 Rice Football recruiting class is in the fold. Athlete Ashton Ojiaku has committed to the Owls.
The bulk of the high school recruiting for the 2023 Rice football recruiting class has been wrapped up for some time. With the exception of a few players the Owls flipped from other schools during the course of the season, the Owls had most of the prep commits accounted for before the calendar reached December before ultimately deciding they needed at least one more. Athlete Ashton Ojiaku has committed to the Owls.
Ojiaku had his pick of destinations before settling on the Owls. He helped offers from Vanderbilt, Houston, Army, Air Force and others before deciding Rice was the place for him. Head-to-head recruiting wins over any program are big for Rice, but getting the leg up on an SEC school is a decidedly important milestone.
If he does make the transition to defense, he’ll likely join fellow commit Ty Morris on the back end at safety. That tandem, along with corners AJ Stephens and Jamarion Clark gives Rice a rather robust group of defensive backs already on board.
Listed as an athlete in some places, a running back in others, and a safety, elsewhere, Ojiaku’s athleticism leaps out as soon as you turn on the film. Rice has made a habit of finding playmakers like this in recent years, getting them to campus and finding the right role afterward.
From Luke McCaffrey, who transitioned from quarterback to running back, to Izeya Floyd who has played on both sides of the ball to multipurpose offensive weapons like Cameron Montgomery and Quentin Jackson, the Owls aren’t afraid to move people around. They’ll find the right spot for Ojiaku, who is quite simply, a really good football player.
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