The 2025 Rice Football recruiting class grabbed its first pledge this week, earning a commitment from Port Arthur Memorial wideout Semaj Pierre.
There’s nothing like dreams of the future to help ease the pains of the present day. After falling on the gridiron a few times in recent weeks, the 2025 Rice Football Recruiting provided some encouragement off the field in the form of its first commitment of the class. Port Arthur Memorial wide receiver Semaj Pierre has committed to the Owls.
Pierre picked up an early over from Mississippi State, adding offers down the line from Louisiana Tech and Rice. The Owls jumped at the chance to offer Pierre after watching him at their camp they hosted earlier this summer. He impressed the coaches and earned an offer. Then the race for his services was on, with Rice finally winning out this fall.
A two-way player in high school, Pierre will most likely land with the offense at the next level.
The first member of the Owls’ 2025 class, Pierre will be a building block for this next wave. Given the current state of the Rice roster and the revised Transfer Portal rules, it remains to be seen how big this class will get. Beginning it with a playmaker like Pierre is a great start.
Standing 5-foot-7 and tipping the scales at 160 pounds, Pierre isn’t going to be confused for a traditional outside wide receiver, but his ball skills are real and the Rice offense has proven time and time again it’s able to utilize players of Pierre’s stature. He’s a playmaker that is truly dynamic with the ball in his hands. He’ll fit in well on South Main.
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