The SAGU athletic department is pleased to announce the signing of Jason Rice to a dual athletic scholarship.

Rice, a 6’2” 200 pound quarterback and shooting guard starred for Katy-Faith West Academy in Houston.

As a football player, Rice earned first team All-District honors as a freshman, sophomore and senior.

During his senior year, Rice was selected as a second team All-State performer on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

“Jason is the caliber of player that can enhance our quarterback situation,” head SAGU football coach Jesse Godding said. “His ability to run ball and arm strength will be tremendous assets for Southwestern.”

As a basketball player, Rice again garnered first team All-District honors as a freshman, sophomore and senior along with team MVP honors in each of those years as well.

During his sophomore and senior years, Rice was chosen as an honorable mention All-State player.

Jerry Boone, SAGU men’s head basketball coach, was impressed with Jason’s competitiveness, excellent shooting ability and defensive positioning and feels he will have an opportunity to impact the team fairly soon in his college career.

In addition to excelling in athletics, Jason will graduate from Katy Faith West Academy with academic honors.

The men’s basketball team also signed another recruit recently.

Fresh off a mission trip to Belize, the SAGU men’s basketball team announced the signing of Franz Grossman to their basketball team for the 2007-2008 season.

Grossman will bring with him plenty of international playing experience. Coach Boone was pleased to sign this, “very fundamentally sound player that will be a nice addition to the program.”

Two years ago the Lions worked themselves into the NAIA National Tournament with scoring leader Darius Howard leading the charge.

Howard has played with Grossman and highly recommended the new Lion.

Grossman is expected to help the Lions recover some of that national tournament magic as the Lions failed to make the Red River Conference Tournament this season.

Coach Boone believes players like Grossman will help the Lions return not only to the conference tournament, but the national tournament.

The Lady Lion basketball team added to its long list of recruits for next season recently.

Head women’s basketball coach Arlon Beadles has scored big this off-season with the largest recruiting class under his direction.

The recruiting class has grown into Brady Bunch numbers, with nine members for this recruiting class.

This time the Beadles Bunch has gone as far as Montana to sign Brittany Downing.

Downing is a 5-11 post player who played at Stillwater Christina School in Columbia Falls, Montana.

Her junior year, Brittany landed a second team All-State selection.

Her senior year, she improved enough to land on the All-State first team in the Montana Christian Athletic Association.

For two years in a row, Downing led her team in scoring, averaging over 20 points per game. Brittany also attained special recognition for playing in the MCCAA 2006 and 2007 All-Star games.

The Beadles Bunch will have its premier this fall on Nov. 3 in the Full Life Center against Hillsdale Baptist College.