As things currently stand, the 2016 Calhoun (Ga.) three-star tight end has no plans to go back on his word to be a Tiger despite recent interest and scholarships from some of the best programs college football has to offer.
“Right now I’m pretty heavily locked in with Auburn 100-percent,” Rice said. “They haven’t done anything wrong for me to de-commit or really go away from Auburn.
“I’ve had some big time offers come in over the past month though.”
One school making a big push of late is the University of Michigan under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“I’ve been talking to their coaches and stuff like that,” Rice said. “But the weeks after they offered me, I’ve probably talked to their coaches everyday.”
Although Rice hasn’t spent a great deal of time speaking with the head man himself just yet, most of the conversations have been with defensive line coach Greg Mattison and tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh.
“I talked to Coach Mattison for a long time the day that they offered me,” Rice said. “He’s been talking to me on twitter and then Jay Harbaugh, I talked to him for a long time the week before they offered me.
“He sends me a lot of stuff and I get mail from Michigan too. I talked to their offensive and defensive coordinator too actually.”
Standing 6-foot-5, 245-pounds, Rice plays on both sides of the field for Calhoun. At the next level, the three-star target believes he could do the same, something Michigan is still trying to figure out.
“It sounds like they would want me more on the defensive side of the ball but when I talked to Coach Jay he talked about routes I would run,” Rice said. “But Coach Mattison talks about playing defense too. We’re talking about both sides of the ball.”
“Right now, if I did go to Michigan, I would probably play defense,” added Rice. “I feel I could really impact their defense but it just depends what type of defense. I think I could be powerful up front stopping the run. I feel like I can play both.”
“I don’t really think a visit will be right now but I guess I’m going to keep in contact with them a little bit,” Rice said. “But like I said, with Auburn, I’ve been committed to them since my sophomore year.
“Every time I go down there they’re the same and haven’t done anything to change my mind on a commitment.”