Three-star defensive end Kingsley Ike (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) wants to show off his talents early and often. Seeing plenty of game time as a freshman was one reason why playing at Rice was such an intriguing offer.
Ike, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, verbally committed to Rice late Wednesday, choosing the Owls over offers from UNLV, Army, Iowa State, Texas State, Dartmouth and Purdue. Ike also received interest from TCU and Baylor.
Recruited by coach Ronnie Vinklarek, his coach said Ike brings speed and power to Rice’s defensive side. He runs a 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash, but he also bench presses 340 pounds and squats 500.
“I liked the fact that they offered me a chance for early playing time,” Ike said of Rice. “I also liked the coaches, plus it’s close to home. I just felt like it was a good fit.”
Ike joined Hendrickson teammate Reid Mitchell in Rice’s 2012 class. Mitchell a 6-foot-3, 220-pound tight end, and Ike were Rice’s 16th and 17th known commitments, respectively.
Ike plays the weakside end for Hendrickson and is excited about the opportunity of playing in Conference USA. He considered holding out for other opportunities but had good vibes about the Rice program and its future expectations.
“It feels good to commit. I wanted to make a decision, even though some other schools were recruiting me,” Ike said. “With everything now, I feel like Rice is the best choice for me.”