2014 recruit: Messiah Rice

East Carolina became the second school to offer Orangeburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) OL/DE Messiah Rice. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his offer.

Messiah Rice, DE/OT, 6-7, 255 lbs, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, SC

Interview transcript

Which coach contacted you with your offer? What did they tell you?

"It was (Running Backs) Coach Kirk Doll, he told me about the scholarship they were offering me," Rice said. "He said I was one of the top recruits they were after and I was honored to hear him say that."

What had you heard about ECU before you received your offer?

"They came and saw me earlier this year and said they would be in contact with me; after that they just came out of the blue with my offer."

How is school going? How does ECU stack up academically for you and what do you plan on majoring in?

"It's going great," Rice said. "I have above a 3.5 grade-point-average and am proud of it. I want to get involved in the College of Business if I attend ECU."

Have you had a chance to visit yet?

"I haven't had a chance to visit, but I want to make it out there for the spring game in April."

How did your season go at Orangeburg-Wilkinson?

"We went to the playoffs but lost our QB so weren't successful," Rice said. "That was the first time in a while our school has made the playoffs so it was an accomplishment, personally I did really good."

You play defensive-end and offensive tackle, which one do you enjoy more?

"I enjoy offensive tackle but defensive end is a lot more fun for me. The speed I have to go with my size helps me do a lot of damage out there on the field."

What has ECU showed interest in you playing?

"They said that they would have me playing offensive line if I ended up going there."

What are you going to be doing this off-season? Any camps or combines?

"I'm going to Virginia Tech, Clemson, and ECU," Rice said. "I'm also going to try to make it out to the one-day camp at South Carolina it's only about 45 minutes to an hour from my house."

What's something you'll really be focusing to improve on this off-season?

"Getting bigger and stronger, lifting weights and staying focused on my goals."

What are those goals?

"My goals are to get more colleges after me, reach 350 pounds by senior year and work on my overall ability," Rice said. "I'm really working hard to become an all-around complete player."

On a scale of 1-10 what is your interest in ECU?

"Right now it's an 8, my only other offer is from Appalachian State so it's still early and it could change."

Signing day is far away, but when would you like to make your decision?

"I will probably be a last minute guy," Rice said. "It's a big decision and I don't want to get it wrong."

Final thoughts

Messiah Rice is a multi-faceted lineman who can play on both sides of the ball. He has solid speed for how big he is at 6 foot 7, 255 pounds. It's still early on in the process for this recruit and his playing ability should begin to turn more coach's heads. Rice is one of the most sought after recruits for ECU and landing him would add another big lineman to go with the ones they signed in their 2013 class. Messiah agreed to call me after his visit for a follow-up interview.


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