The senior linebacker led the way for Union's defense with four tackles, two sacks for 18 yards, and two forced fumbles in the 61-28 destruction of Camden for the state title. He also had a touchdown run while doubling as a fullback for the Union offense.
"We had a lot of people step up this year on defense," said Rice in regards to the Jackets' state championship run. "I had a pretty good year with 101 tackles, 15 sacks, 37 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 2 fumble recoveries."
|LB Curtis Rice|
"It was a good time, we just sat in the hotel and played games and stuff like that. At practice we were mostly just helping each other out a lot. I mainly hung out with the running back from Clover- Ronnie McGill, and the receiver from Byrnes- Bradley Robinson," said Rice.
In terms of offers, Rice feels stronger than ever that some could be on the way from Middle Tennessee State, Chattanooga, and Clemson.
"I guess it's mainly a hunch," said Rice. "Coach Stock has been calling me a lot and I'm hearing from those other schools- Charleston Southern, Middle Tennessee, and Chattanooga still."
"I'm hoping hearing something (in regards to an offer) from them pretty soon," said Rice.
The Union standout spent most of the year playing down on the line of scrimmage as a defensive end, but most schools are recruiting him as an outside linebacker.
"Clemson wants me as a linebacker, an outside linebacker. I think that's where most schools want me and that's my preference anyway," added Rice. Make no mistake, Curtis Rice has speed to burn at outside linebacker with a 4.51 40-yard dash and a 33-inch vertical jump. During the North-South game, it was obvious he could go toe-to-toe with some of the fastest receivers the South team had to offer.
On one play he went stride for stride with WR Waleed Rushdan 30-yards down field and made a leaping interception. He also fired up the crowd with several bone-crushing hits, including one on Marlboro County quarterback Syvelle Newton.
"I said it to a college coach this week that if someone doesn't recruit Curtis Rice, I don't know how much they know about football," Union defensive coordinator Wayne Bell told the Spartanburg Herald Journal.
"He's a heck of a player and he's going to be a big-time Division I prospect and I hope one of our two in-state schools take a chance on him."
Maybe one of those schools will be the Clemson Tigers, but only time will tell for sure. We will continue to keep you updated on Curtis Rice, right up through signing day.