In-State Battle for SC CB?

2008 Kentucky Wildcat football recruiting update from Kentucky Sports Report's Rob Gidel. Click inside to read the entire article.

Cartier Rice Profile

Kentucky and Louisville might be battling it out off the field, in of all places, South Carolina.

Although neither have offered to date, the Wildcats and Cardinals seem interested in Byrnes cornerback Cartier Rice from Duncan (SC).

"Michigan State has offered me," Rice said. "My schools of interest are Auburn, Georgia, Michigan State because they have offered, Kentucky, Louisville, South Carolina and Marshall."

Rice attended summer camps at Illinois and Louisville and got a chance to check out the state of Kentucky.

"Louisville's really close to offering," Rice contested. "They've talked to me about offering, alot. Hopefully they will later on in the future."

"I'm very high on them alot," Rice continued about Louisville, "I think it's a great school with great players. It's a overall good program."

The Wildcats offered several Byrnes (SC) standouts since Joker Phillips took over as recruiting coordinator at Kentucky five years ago. They have had literally zero success. They are hoping that this year they can finally dip into the traditionally powerful football program in the Palmetto state.

"I like Kentucky, also," Rice said. "I talk to them every once and a while. I get a few letters from the coaches. They are also among my teams of interest. They're really building a good program and it's in the SEC."

The 5-foot-11, 175 pound cornerback runs a 4.5 forty-yard and recorded 40 tackles and three interceptions as junior. Despite the fact he's got the one offer, he's not going to be pulling the trigger early.

"I'm gonna wait it out," Rice stated, "I'm gonna wait it out until the end."

And what will the school of choice look like?

"I'm looking at program prestige," the Palmetto state standout said. "I am big on program tradition. I'm also interested in the academics, of course, and the coaches and player relationship."

When Rice ultimately chooses, he feels he'll become a real asset to the program.

"I have good closing speed and knowledge of the game," Rice said. "I'm a physical cornerback. I need to work on maintaining my back petal and using my hands more at the line of scrimmage."

"I'm an aggressive player," he continued, "I'm very physical and have good ball awareness. I try to be around the ball as much as I can. Good closing speed. Footwork is pretty stable."

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