UCF Attractive to Local Star

Andrew Rice is ready to emerge as one of Central Florida's best defensive linemen. The Lake Mary star hasn't had a chance to see UCF up close yet, but he'll get a chance to see the campus very soon. Will UCF have what it takes to make a strong impression on Rice? Find out what Andrew had to say.

Andrew Rice has all the measurables a college team could ask for. At 6'2", 265 lbs., he has the size to play inside, but with ability to run a sub five second 40-yard dash, he has just enough burst to play strong side end at the next level.

However, the Lake Mary H.S. (Fla.) stud is more than just player that will impress at a combine. As a junior, he tallied 42 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble. The qualities that make Rice such an enticing prospect is his sheer effort and desire.

Rice's head coach at Lake Mary, Scott Perry, said Rice's best attribute is his motor, and the massive tackle concurred.

"I see myself as one of those players who keep going until the whistle blows," Rice told InsideKnights.com. "I always want to fight, on the field that is, but I always want to push myself more than other players. It feels good pushing myself to be stronger, faster and smarter; I love it."

Tenacious on the field, Rice is calm and collected to his superiors off the field, and has matured into an excellent leader for his peers.

"My coaches have taught me to respect my teachers and to respect myself," said Rice. "I would like to be a better leader for the team, to help a player out when he needs help on a play. When I was a freshman, the seniors were all jerks and showed no passion for football and leadership. My senior year I don't want to be a jerk to my teammates but rather be someone who can show them the right things and techniques."

Currently, Rice is on his school's weightlifting team and also participated on the junior varsity wrestling team in order to stay in shape and get ready for practice this spring. Rice said that he isn't sure who his team is playing yet during the spring, but that he hopes his team can gel and develop continuity to carry into next season.

"Lake Mary has produced some good key players in the past, but we haven't had an outstanding record. My expectation for the team is that with the new athletes we have, hopefully we will go far."

Pushing himself on and off the field, it is no surprise that Rice has been to camps all across the state.

"I have currently gone to two Under Armour; the one in Orlando and the other one in Miami. I am planning on going to a Nike combine in March. As for camps I am not sure yet. I might attend the Nike minicamp."

Rice knows for sure what he will be doing this weekend though and that is attending the UCF Junior Day.

"I haven't really toured the school yet so I am excited to do that. Oh, I also heard that their weight room is one of the best."

UCF is the only FBS school to offer Rice and he is interested in the local school.

"I think that UCF is a good school. It is nice and close to home. My mom went there back in the day."

Rice also said that he's interested in staying in state (although it's not a determining factor) and that he's "not really a cold weather kind of kid."

The Knights will be happy to host Rice this weekend and there is every indication that there is reciprocated feelings amongst the two sides.

"I could see UCF as one of the teams I could be playing for."

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