Big Weekend And Big Future For Rice

Auburn tight end commitment Landon Rice talks about his weekend in Auburn, the recruiting class and more.

Calhoun, Ga.--Auburn’s first commitment for the 2016 class, 6-5, 250 tight end Landon Rice has been a Tiger pledge since his sophomore season. Now preparing for his senior year and planning to graduate early and enroll in December, Rice took a visit to the Plains over the weekend to spend time with the coaches and play the part of recruiter as well.

With brother Logan Rice already on campus as a walk-on for the Tigers and making more than a dozen trips himself in the last few years, he was already very familiar with many things Auburn. That didn’t keep him from seeing something new, however, as his first experience in the South Donahue Residence Hall was one of many highlights of a great weekend for Rice.

“This was my first time staying in the dorms and a lot of guys stayed there with me,” Rice said. “I’m meshing good with Calvin (Calvin Ashley). We hung out a lot on Friday and Saturday. It’s good meshing with them and having a small group so you can talk to a lot of guys.

I feel good about our recruiting class with a guy like Calvin in 2017. We’re starting to reel in some guys and it’s a bright future at Auburn. I’m glad I’m going to be part of that. I just can’t wait to get down there.”

Rice and Ashley were just two of several current commitments on campus last weekend with quarterback Woody Barrett, wide receiver Elijah Stove, offensive lineman Brodarious Hamm, defensive lineman Daquan Newkirk, linebacker Tre Threat and defensive back John Broussard just a few of the guys also in town.

Having so many future teammates around each other is something Rice said was important for the future of the program. He has seen the last two years how classes have come together because of a building a strong bond and he said that’s the goal for the 2016 class as well.

“That’s huge so when you get there you have a strong base and a good group of guys,” Rice said. “When you get there and go through hard times you can look over there and see your buddy and remember that you hung out with him and you are close-knit with those guys. It’s not hard to transition and leave your friends from high school when you know you have good friends there.”

Preparing for his senior season and hoping for another state title after Calhoun won the AAA crown in 2014, Rice said at the moment he’s excited about his final year of high school football. While Auburn is obviously excited about his potential at tight end down the road he said that has to wait just a little longer.

“You can really tell they want me down there right now,” Rice said. “They wish I could be on the team right now, but I’m not trying to rush things. I’m looking forward to our season at Calhoun and we’re going to try to run the table again. Once the season is over I’m all Auburn and I can’t wait to get down there and start working.”

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