Rice football announced the addition of three transfers to their program: offensive lineman Andrew Mike, fullback Giovanni Gentosi and linebacker Blaze Alldredge.
Head coach Mike Bloomgren announced three additions to the Rice Football program on Monday. Joining the Owls in 2018 will be graduate transfers Andrew Mike (offensive line, Florida) and Giovanni Gentosi (fulback, UCLA) as well as JUCO transfer Blaze Alldredge (linebacker, Los Angeles Pierce College). All three are scheduled to join the team in time for summer training camp on July 26.
The two grad transfers, Mike and Gentosi, will aid Bloomgren significantly in his pursuit to add toughness and size up front. And he’s getting a lot more than warm bodies. Both Mike and Gentosi played meaningful roles on Power 5 teams last fall.
Mike should slide into the offensive line rotation immediately whereas Gentosi could fill a few different roles. Although he began his collegiate career as an offensive lineman he saw time at fullback and tight end last season. Where he’ll play in the fall could be determined, at least in part, by how the rest of the offense looks during practice.
Both Mike and Alldredge had previously announced their intentions to transfer to Rice. The announcement of Gentosi’s decision was made public for the first time on Monday. Adding a second grad transfer from a program of UCLA’s caliber is meaningful on two fronts. First, Rice needs depth to content in Conference USA. Second, and more importantly, Bloomgren has convinced mutiple quality players to finish their careers at Rice and help him build the future of what is still a fledgling program.
Mike will wear No. 74. Gentosi will wear No. 45. Alldredge will wear No. 55.