The state of Alabama has been a relatively new recruiting stomping ground for the Wolverines, but one they have had recent success in. This off-season Jim Harbaugh also hired Bam Richards to be an offensive analyst and recruiting coordinator at Michigan.
It didn’t long for him to recruit his home state and extend an offer out to Madison (Ala.) James Clemens junior inside linebacker Monty Rice, who didn’t see this one coming.
“Came out of the blue,” Rice told The Michigan Insider on landing his Wolverine offer. “(I have been) talking to Coach Bam and the vibe is good.”
The 6-2, 224-pound linebacker holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Troy, UAB and now Michigan.
Despite not much familiarity from his latest suitor, he's aware of their rich history that has been built and how Harbaugh is looking to regain national prominence again in Ann Arbor.
“They have a good tradition,” said Rice. “They fell off, but Harbaugh will bring them back.”
Michigan is now a school he also hopes to visit.
“I will (visit), but just not sure when yet,” said Rice
With this offer, the Wolverines have vaulted in his top list with a few SEC schools.
“(They are) definitely (in my) top list (with) Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina and Ole Miss."
Rice plans on graduating early, but when he does sit down and gets ready to make that decision, there will be a few significant factors he’ll consider.
“Relationships with coaches and if I’m comfortable,” said Rice
Interview conducted by Sam Webb