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Today marks the third day of official practices and conditioning drills for the San Marcos Rattlers. For senior quarterback Prudy Calderon, it officially starts the clock on his senior season.

This time next year he’ll be trading in his Rattlers purple and white for Rice blue and gray.

Calderon recently verbally committed to the Owls after head coach David Bailiff, a former Texas State University coach, offered him a full scholarship.

For the all-district defensive back, who is transitioning to starting quarterback this season, Rice offered him something that was too hard to pass up in the combination of an esteemed academic institution combined with a highly-touted athletic program.

“Rice University is the most known school in Texas for academics along with a great football program,” Calderon said. “It was a school I wanted to go to since the beginning of the process. I knew there was something great there.”

“I loved the area. I knew Rice was the great balance with everything from the city to the school to the football program.,” Calderon continued. “I knew it was the place for me, and my parents were great supporters through it all.

Calderon had yet to receive an offer during his junior season, but as soon as National Signing Day was over and March rolled around, the offers came pouring in. He received a total of 12 offers, which included Yale, Columbia, Army, Texas State and Brown among others.

“All of my offers were great blessings and I couldn’t thank the schools enough for giving me that opportunity,” Calderon said. “I made tons of relationships through other schools and I thank everyone for giving me that shot.”

Calderon and Bailiff already have a San Marcos connection, and that made the process of building a relationship even easier.

“All the talks I have with Rice are great. Coach Bailiff always tells me about his favorite spots down here in (San Marcos),” Calderon said. “All the coaches are very good men and they’re great to talk to.”

While Calderon is rated a two star recruit by 24/7 sports, a star rating really doesn’t speak to Calderon’s talent. It is something you have to see on the field. He was a threat on offense, defense and special teams last season.

With the move to quarterback, he’ll provide an added threat in the backfield along with Jamon Johnson, and he also adds to his versatility, something Rice feels matches up with their motto.

“They tell me that they like what I can do on and off the field, so it’s mostly a combination of things,” Calderon said. “The motto is being the Total Package. I believe I fit that motto and can produce in multiple ways.”

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