Mike Bloomgren is making good on his promise to extend Rice's recruiting reach. His latest commit is Trevor Bycznski, pronounced Bycznski. He committed to the Owls out of Barea, Ohio earlier this week. He held offers from several MAC schools and FCS power North Dakota State. The Bison like'em big so does Stanford, and he fits Bloomgren's mold at 6-5, 230 pounds. He's every bit of his listed height.
We did a quick film study on Bycznskie, a member of Rice's 2019 class. Bycznski threw for 3,000 and 26 touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore he added 2,020 yards and 17 touchdowns in nine games. He camped at Notre Dame where observers raved about his arm strength. Iowa is sniffing around as well. He also plays basketball.
Here's a quick overview:
- He's 6-5 and lanky; his frame can take more weight.
- He's a pocket passer; he's not going to win any foot races. He'll benefit from a college offseason program.
- That said, his improvement from his sophomore year and last year is impressive. Definately a stronger player and more comfortable in the pocket. Didn't turn away from pressure nearly as much. His feet improved as well.
- Keeps his eyes downfield, even in the midst of pressure. Probably his best asset after his arm is the way keeps focused down the field.
- Moves inside the pocket to throw, climbs well, ball protected.
- Can work on his feet, sometimes they work against him, he's a little clumpy. We wonder if he didn't hit a growth spurt recently and he's growing into his body.
- He does have an excellent arm. The Midpark offense asks him to make throws between the hashes, across the field, lots covered on the route tree. He can make them all.
- Has a bit of a windup on his throwing motion, that motion should speed up with better footwork.
- Midpark is a top 15 rated team heading into 2018, even after a 4-6 season.