The Transfer Portal continues to deliver for 2023 Rice Football recruiting class including the most recent addition of former Toledo offensive lineman Lavel Dumont.
The 2022 Rice football offensive line was an ever-changing kaleidoscope of combinations. Getting the same starting five on the field and performing at a high level was a challenge, making finding a solution up front a priority for the 2023 recruiting cycle. The Owls have since found some answers in the portal with the commitment of grad transfer offensive lineman Lavel Dumont from Toledo.
To get Dumont to campus, Rice had to win a fierce recruiting battle over Memphis and East Carolina, fellow AAC programs that will be on the Owls’ schedule in the years to come.
Dumont was originally a four-star recruit in the 2018 class, signing with Toledo out of high school. He redshirted in 2018 and was used sparingly in 2019 and 2020 before becoming the starting right tackle for the Rockets in 2021, starting the first seven games before suffering a season-ending injury. In 2022 he made a pair of starts at right guard. His ability to play up and down the line was an important plus for the Owls.
Already on campus, Dumont opted not to make a large formal announcement but enrolled in classes in January. He’ll be ready to go for spring ball, something that will be critical for all members of the offensive line room which includes Nebraska transfer, Brant Banks.
Rice returns starting tackles Clay Servin and Ethan Onianwa but will be looking to fill a few spots with the departures of Shea Baker (graduation) and Isaac Klarkowski (transfer). Getting proven options with D1 starting experience is huge.
Even though he’s listed at 6-foot-4, 321 pounds, Dumont possesses some quickness and burst to go along with his strength. His ability to move laterally and pull to make blocks will certainly be used when he makes the transition to the Rice offense. In addition to that, he can win one-on-one blocks on the edge, plenty of examples of which are shown on his tape. At a position of need, Dumont checks all the boxes.
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