Tice Looking For Big Season

Miami Northwestern is loaded once again for the 2011 season, and college recruiters will be flocking to the school checking out their top talent. One of the top prospects among the underclassmen is tailback Darius Tice, who impressed in 2010 as a sophomore.

Darius Tice passes the look test with flying colors, and when Miami Northwestern head coach Billy Rolle talks about his tailback's skill set it's easy to see why many consider him one of the top 2013 prospects in the state of Florida.

Tice, 5-foot-10, 200-pounds, played well last season as a sophomore, although he was hampered by injury. Now healthy, Tice was impressive last week in a workout at the school, and seems primed for a great junior season.

"I was playing well last year before I was hurt," Tice stated. "I feel great now, and I'm ready to get things started. "This year, I'm hoping for a state title for my team as my main goal. Personally, I'm hoping to have over 1,500 yards rushing."

"My strength as a runningback is my ability to do a little of everything," he added. "I can be a power back or I can take it deep, and I'm also a very good pass receiver. I need to work on being a better blocker, and being more more explosive getting through the holes."

With an excellent combination of size, speed and power, Tice figures to be a heavily recruited player if he continues on the same path.

"I definitely want to play college football some day," he explained. "I'm open in terms of recruiting, and I'd love to hear from anyone. Of course, Miami is my home town and I love the 'Canes, so I would love to hear from them."

EVALUATION: Tuesday's workout was only in shorts and tee-shirts, but Tice certainly looked the part of a recruitable tailback, showing a quick burst in his first step. Coach Rolle raved about his player's work ethic, and said he expects big things from Tice over the next two seasons. He is definitely a prospect to watch going forward for the 2013 class.

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