“One of my coaches at the high school does our recruiting for us with schools that want to get in contact with us,” explained Brice. “He'll send our film out to schools and one of those was Michigan State. So I guess Michigan State took a look and then contacted him and he asked if I had interest in Michigan State. I said of course as they are a pretty prestigious school and they've got great football. So my coach told me to call Coach (Dave) Warner and we talked a little bit and then he offered me.”
The conversation between the Spartans offensive coordinator was not the first time the Spartans had seen the 6-foot3, 200-pound quarterback.
“Michigan State came down for a spring practice,” he said. “But I was pretty surprised as I didn't know they would recruit all the way down here. But they came down in spring and got to watch me throw then.”
With ties to the Georgia football program, Brice has seen how the Big Ten Conference has stepped up it's game the past few years.
“I did grow up a Georgia fan as my granddad (dad's father) played tight end at Georgia,” he said. “But Georgia has their 2017 quarterback in Bailey Hockman and he's a really good quarterback. But there is two years left in my recruitment and anything can happen. But right now I'm just focused on finding offenses that fit my abilities and Michigan State is one of those schools I feel I can thrive in as they do a pro-style, a lot of balance and play-action, things that I do well.
“So I have a lot of interest in the Big Ten as I think it's really good and they have great competition. Michigan State also does very well in the Big Ten.”
With Michigan State bringing in a top quarterback in the 2016 class, how much will Brice be looking at team depth-charts when making a college choice?
“I don't mind going in and competing for a job,” he said. “But I will have to look at depth charts as I don't thing anyone wants to go somewhere they are five quarterbacks deep and you could be redshirted with two other guys and never get a chance to play.”
Is there a future plan for Brice to visit Michigan State?
“I've talked with my dad and we're definitely looking to get up for a game this season,” he said. “I'm looking to visit Michigan State, Kentucky, West Virginia and Louisville and would like to get up for a game or a basketball game in the winter.”
As for when Brice is looking to make a college decision, he's not sure but does have a plan before reaching a decision.
“I haven't really thought about it much,” he said. “But I think once I start visiting more colleges and start developing relationships with coaching staffs and seeing schools I could see myself at, I'll be able to narrow it down at some point in my junior year. But as of right now, I don't have a thought process of when I might commit.”
Fans often wonder if a bowl game can help in recruiting. For the Spartans in their quest of earning the pledge of Brice, the 2012 Outback Bowl win over Georgia could help.
“I remember watching Michigan State play Georgia vividly,” he said. “I always watch the offense and the Michigan State quarterbacks do a really good job of being a quarterback and doing all the right things. Michigan State has done a really good job of developing Kirk Cousins, the quarterback before him and Connor Cook.”