Rice impresses coaches

Jackson Rice made the long trek from Moraga (Calif.) all the way down to Baton Rouge for LSU's kicking camp that was held on Saturday and the standout punter left to head to Alabama with a better understanding of what LSU has to offer.

Jackson Rice


What made the Campolindo High School punter travel so far for the weekend?


“I had been talking with (special teams) coach Joe Robinson about coming to LSU and, of course, they are the national champions and in the SEC so that alone is a huge appeal to me,” Rice said. “But what really kind of also set it for me was Chris Sailor was helping run the camp and just getting the chance to work with him anytime I can really means a lot to me.”


While at LSU, Rice got a chance to show the coaches what he could do and he also got a better feel for the coaches and LSU in general.


“I definitely wanted to come check out the school get to visit with coach (Les) Miles and it was definitely a great experience and everything I expected it to be,” said Rice. “I had been talking to the coaches for a while about an offer and they said they wanted to see me kick. I didn’t have the best day today but the coaches said they understood and saw a lot of potential in me.


“They said they planned on offering me down the road but they wanted to sort things out first. They said they weren’t sure if they wanted to go with a junior college punter right now since they need one for the 2009 season but they said if they do then they still plan on offering me.”


To date, Rice has an offer from Washington and Oregon , and he says the strongest interest from other schools is coming from the Tigers and Crimson Tide.


With two Pac-10 schools offering early does that give them the inside track or would an offer from LSU be tough to turn down?


“I’ve grown up around football all my life and football in the SEC is huge, but of course, I’m a California boy so staying close to Washington or Oregon would be a thing to take into consideration,” Rice explained. “But, after coming down here I learned a lot more about the program other than just being the national champions. It would definitely be a tough decision to make.”

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