On Tuesday Rice added his fifth recruit to the fold when Jerome Seagears, of Red Springs (N.C.) Flora MacDonald Academy, gave him a verbal pledge for the 2011 class.
"Yes sir I did," Seagears said in a text to Scout.com.
"It's a done deal," Derrick Bond, the coach Flora MacDonald, said. "He's going to sign with Rutgers."
"It's a great fit," Bond said. "Coach Rice is going to build a program around him and him as the PG. The pieces that they have coming in and the style of play [were a factor]. Coach Rice sold it to him and made him feel very comfortable."
"The other schools didn't do anything wrong, but coach Rice just did everything right," he added.
A 6-foot-2, 175-pound lead guard, Seagears is rated as a three-star prospect and checks in at No. 19 on the 2011 point guard list.