“It’s just like coming home,” Rice said. “I got to talk to all of the coaches. There were only like five guys there so it was a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches and Gus Malzahn. We just talked about family. I got to see my brother (Logan Rice) because he’s down there. I got to see the new locker room too because of the renovations down there. It was just getting back down there.”
One of the top tight ends in the 2016 class, Rice has blown up in recent weeks on the recruiting trail with offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisville and Michigan among the schools coming onboard. While he admits it’s nice to hear from those programs, at the moment he remains firmly committed to the Tigers.
“I’m getting a lot of heat coming on me with offers and stuff like that and coaches trying to get in contact with me,” Rice said. “It’s just all very humbling.
“I have been committed to Auburn for a while,” he added. “I’m just taking it in stride. I’m talking to a couple of coaches, but as of right now I’m still committed to Auburn.”
With Auburn only having one true tight end on campus currently in Chris Laye and only bringing in Jalen Harris at the position, the timing is right for Rice to have a chance at early playing time in the fall of 2016. He said that’s something that is exciting for him to think about with his future on the Plains.
“That fires me up,” Rice said. “When I’m back at the school just working and thinking about getting on the field early I know I have to get my body right and ready. That just fires me up. That’s one of the reasons I want to go there. Playing time is there for me because the tight end position isn’t very deep.”
Making the visit along with top running back Malik Miller out of Madison Academy, Rice said he’s just excited about the possibilities in this class on both sides of the ball. Building a program is the goal for Malzahn and company, something they’ve done with top classes each of the last two years.
“The 2016 class is going to be big,” Rice said. “We got Malik down there and some big-time players that could do some big stuff for Auburn. Me and him (Malik) are pretty good friends. He likes Auburn a lot.“He said it’s one of his top schools, but I’m not going to speak on his behalf. He can make that decision. He’s just a great kid and from talking with Coach (Rhett) Lashlee he would be a big part of the offense if he comes in. He’s just a special kid.”