There is no established formula for recruiting.
Southlake Carroll 2018 defensive lineman and fullback Jacob Doddridge went from optimism in the spring to frustration by the end of the fall. He had a couple of opportunities, including going to the United States Air Force Academy.
Still, other hopes needed patience and opportunity. That came together last week. Doddridge took an official visit to Rice, was offered and then verbally committed to new head coach Mike Bloomgren’s program this past Sunday.
Doddridge plans to sign his national letter of intent on Feb. 7.
I felt like I was home when I was visiting there. I know I’m lucky.
Jacob Doddridge on his Rice commitment
“I had known Coach Bloomgren when I visited Stanford [this past summer],” Doddridge said. “I was really hopeful something would work out there when I went down there. My dad and I talked about committing if they offered. But God works in mysterious ways. I felt like I was home when I was visiting there. I know I’m lucky.”
Doddridge, who was named the Dragons 2017 defensive lineman of the year, has been ticketed for the offense wherever he was going to play. Most schools look at him as a fullback. That’s what Rice sees.
Bloomgren served as Stanford’s Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. The former Cardinal is known for using a physical style. It frequently incorporates two tight ends and a fullback. That’s what he intends to do with the Conference USA school.
“When Coach Bloomgren did an in-home visit, he talked about what they wanted to do at Rice,” Doddridge said. “There were informative and explained how my role would look.”
Doddridge has been playing on both sides of the ball for the previous two years. In 2017, he established himself on the Dragons’ front with 68 stops, six sacks and 18 quarterback hurries.
Carroll used him sparingly in the backfield as a ball carrier. He had nine total carries and caught six passes.
“I think [Rice] is a perfect fit for him,” Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. “So proud of him. He’s a very versatile player and an outstanding student.”
Doddridge spent the summer visiting Ivy League schools and attended several Division I program summer camps, including Baylor. Besides Air Force, there were a couple of preferred walk on opportunities he had considered.
With Doddridge’s committing to Rice, Carroll’s program continues a streak of placing at least two players with Division I programs. Offensive tackle Jackson Kimble has already signed with Baylor.
It’s a streak that dates back to 2012.
Robert Barnes, S, (Oklahoma)
Ryan Miller, OL, (Baylor)
Henry Klinge, OL, (Baylor)
Obi Eboh, DB, (Stanford)
Lil’Jordan Humphrey, RB/WR, (Texas)
Zach Farrar, WR, (Oklahoma).
Ryan Agnew, QB, (San Diego State)
Andy Chelf, DB, (Purdue)
Evan Brown, OL, (SMU)
Drew Brown, PK, (Nebraska)
JB Copeland, LB, (New Mexico State)
Adaryan Jones, DB, (New Mexico State)
Kenny Hill, QB, (Texas A&M)
Ty Cummings, PK, (Houston)
Cam Manning, OL, (Louisiana Tech)
Ray Crockett, DB, (Tulsa)
Peyton Williams, WR, (Colorado)
Will Davis, LB, (Kansas State)
James Prince, OL, (Purdue)
Sabian Holmes, WR/DB, (Texas A&M)