Grice relieved to end recruiting process

Truth be told, as late as Tuesday night Marion Grice wasn't planning to commit, let alone sign with any school on national letter of intent day. However, the persistence of the Blinn (Tex.) running back's main suitor did pay off and materialized into the biggest ASU pledge surprise in the 2012 recruiting class.

"(Arizona State's offensive coordinator) Coach Norvell called me last night," Grice recalled. "He said ‘what are we waiting for? Let's get this thing done!' I was thinking about committing after signing day, checking out other schools but I was also tired of the (recruiting) process.

"I decided to commit to coach Norvell last night and it feels good to commit to Arizona State and play against good competition."

Grice, who decommitted from Texas A&M due to the coaching change at College Station, visited ASU on January 13th, which marked his first official visit he took to any program. Naturally his trip to Tempe sold him on the eventual school of choice.

"I really liked the players, the coaches and the facilities and the weather," Grice recalled. "My host was Cameron Marshall and he told me what to expect there. It looked like a place that I could fit in and it was a good environment."

The 6-0 210-pound Marion Grice has been the primary ball carrier for the Buccaneers. As a freshman, he rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011 he posted nearly 1,052 yards rushing on 174 carries and 16 scores. He is regarded as top junior college running back in the nation.

"Just a big physical kid," said with Buccaneers defensive line coach Keith Browning. "He's strong and he can either be a spread-back or an I-back. We love the way he runs between the tackles, but he's good in space too. He's 6'0", 215 pounds and he just abuses people."

"The (ASU) coaches like how I can make people miss," Grice described. "In their offense, they run the ball a lot so I know I will get a lot of carries there. I'm a balanced runner and the coaches aid they like how I can do different things in their offense.

"I really like that offense because the running back is very involved."

Grice had reportedly offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Purdue, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Utah.

He did visit Houston last weekend and was planning to possibly take other visits in the upcoming weeks, but at the same time he grew tired of the recruiting process which naturally benefitted the Sun Devils.

"I just wanted to get it all over with," Grice admitted. "I just didn't want to get anymore phone calls and just pick a school."

Grice is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two in Tempe. He realizes that he will enter ASU with high expectations placed on him, but he believes he can take it all in stride.

"As a long as I stay healthy," Grice said, "work hard and start the season strong I will be fine."

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