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Rice sent QB J.T. Granato a recruiting letter to Granato's cat

Mississippi State wide receiver Robert Johnson, bottom center, fumbles the ball as he is brought down by Rice defenders Alex Francis, bottom left, Malcolm Hill, second from right, and James Radcliffe (10) in the first quarter of the Liberty Bowl NCAA college football game on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. Rice recovered the ball on the play
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Mississippi State wide receiver Robert Johnson, bottom center, fumbles the ball as he is brought down by Rice defenders Alex Francis, bottom left, Malcolm Hill, second from right, and James Radcliffe (10) in the first quarter of the Liberty Bowl NCAA college football game on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. Rice recovered the ball on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Is this the start of a new recruiting trend?

Houston-area high school quarterback J.T. Granato was a recruiting target of Houston school Rice, and the school sent him a recruiting letter earlier this week. But instead of addressing the letter to Granato himself, the school sent a letter written to Granato's cat. It was from Rice co-offensive coordinator Billy Lynch.

From the Houston Chronicle:

“As you know we’re trying to convince J.T. Rice is the place for him. I know you’d like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box. Please help us to get him to choose us. Paw me if you have any questions.”

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It could have been the letter that sealed the deal. Granato, a three-star pro-style quarterback according to Rivals, committed to Rice on Thursday. Per Rivals, Baylor, Florida, Houston, Michigan State, Mississippi and Purdue also had interest in Granato, but only Houston had offered him a scholarship as well.

The current "hot" recruiting technique has been to send recruits Photoshopped or drawn images of themselves in a school's colors. But this is certainly a creative step forward.

If we assumed for a moment that pets were able to read and were aware of the recruiting process, this could be a golden technique for schools recruiting local recruits like Rice and Granato. As Rice likely correctly assumed, no pet wants to see his or her owner(s) be far away for four years.

And since pets can't read and it's the recruits and families reading the letters instead, the human guilt can be just as strong. Who wants to feel bad about leaving their pet? Rice may be on to something here, or is simply downright crazy. Maybe it's both.

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