College Sends Recruitment Letter to Star Football Player's Cat

A college in Texas came up with a clever strategy to get a high school football player to commit to them.

J.T. Granato, a senior and star quarterback at Kinkaid in Houston, had lots of colleges reaching out to him to commit to play for them after he graduates. Via the Houston Chronicle:

Last season, Granato led Kinkaid to an unbeaten season and the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship last season. He threw for 3,500 yards and 42 touchdowns in 11 games.The 6-3, 205-pound Granato also had an offer from Houston and was receiving interest from Maryland, Indiana, Kansas and Southern Miss.

But only Rice University figured out what we here at the Jezebel Institute for Cat Studies discovered long ago: The way to a dude's heart is always through his cat.

Rice co-offensive coordinator Billy Lynch sent a letter to the family cat, asking the feline for some help: "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."

Apparently, it must have worked because Granato committed to Rice last week. His father, John Granato, tweeted out the good news along with the photo below. To those who have doubted my words before I say BEHOLD THE POWER OF THE CAT OVERLORDS:


I completely understand this. When I was little, my mom took me to visit some friends of hers and while I was there I made friends with their cat. His name was Max. When I went home I wrote letters to Max so he wouldn't forget me. When I got older, my mother finally made me stop. (Although in her defense it's really hard to find a good excuse for a woman in her 30s to be writing letters to a cat.)

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