Young Prospect Earns Offer From Auburn

Landon Rice was a standout performer at Auburn's one-day July football prospect camp.

Rome, Ga.--Looking to catch the eyes of Auburn's coaches at a one-day football prospects camp on Saturday, Darlington High's Landon Rice did more than that.

The class of 2016 prospect was one of the most impressive performers at the event and now has a scholarship offer from Coach Gus Malzahn's team.

Rice started all 11 games for the high school varsity as a defensive end last season as a ninth grader. "I played strongside defensive end last year and got a playoff game under my belt," he said. "That was good and it was probably my best game of the season."

A two-way performer, Rice also played offensive tackle and tight end. "I think I am going to be playing more tight end this season," he said. "With Robert Muschamp on my team I think we are going to be running more double tight end sets."

The prospect said he is very excited about the offer, which he wasn't expecting when he made the trip to Auburn on Saturday.

"I weighed in at six-foot-five, 250 pounds and ran a 4.78, which is my PR (personal record) in the 40," he said. "I broad jumped pretty good--eight-foot-six, which is actually my PR, too.

"I am just working out hard, trying to stay fit and get in shape for the season," he said.

Rice worked out with the tight ends on Saturday, but said he isn't sure what position Auburn would prefer him to play. "We are going to talk about it more," the 16-year-old said. "They told me that I am more like a puppy because I am young so they are going to see how I develop and what kind of size I put on. That 4.78 really opened their eyes."

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