On Saturday he was in Jordan-Hare Stadium along with his parents as the Tigers took down Mississippi State 24-20 following a last-second touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to C.J. Uzomah. Seeing the energy and excitement surrounding the win and also watching a tight end play such a big part in the victory, Rice said it was a special night.
"I was so hyped," Rice told Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That was a great atmosphere and a great win for Auburn. It was a big SEC win to kick off the conference season. That was huge. Being right there where C.J. caught that ball was awesome because it was a tight end."
Watching not only as Uzomah caught the winning touchdown, but also had a key third down reception over the middle, Rice said he was impressed by the use of the tight end in the Auburn offense. Throw in a two-point conversion reception by Brandon Fulse and it was a solid night for Scott Fountain's guys against Mississippi State.
That definitely stood out to the young prospect as did the time he spent with Malzahn and wife Kristi.
"It means a lot to me," Rice said. "That's the kind of position I would like to play. I think of myself as a tight end and H-Back like that. I got to talk with Coach Malzahn too and he talked to my family. That was really good to meet with him one-on-one. It went really good."
Not even thinking about making a very early decision, Rice said he's just taking things very slowly at the moment, but Auburn is squarely in the picture already. Saying that he wanted to see what Malzahn and the Tigers would do this season, he left with a pretty good idea of the future on the Plains.
"That's just huge to get the SEC win under their belts," Rice said. "They're just going to keep building.
"I'm just a sophomore so they've got a couple more seasons to grow until I get out there," he added of playing college football. "But, it's looking good for Auburn."