At 6-3, 205 pounds, and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Rice tallied 87 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions as a junior. Despite his effectiveness on defense, Rice will see serious minutes in 2008 at wide receiver. College programs are recruiting him to play on both sides of the ball, but Rice is hoping to line up on defense.
"I love to hit people," said Rice. "I'd rather play on the defensive side so I'll get to hit somebody. It can be at safety or linebacker... it really doesn't matter to me.
"I'll be used as an athlete this year. Some plays I'll be at linebacker, some at safety, and then I might play a lot of wideout. I think I'll play all of them."
Thus far, Rice has secured scholarship offers from NC State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, UAB, South Alabama, Southern Miss, and Troy among others. Most are recruiting him as an outside linebacker, but some schools view him as a safety or wide receiver.
NC State, Central Florida, and Vanderbilt stick out to Rice. Sporting a 3.87 GPA, Rice is looking to major in Sports Medicine or Engineering, and academics will play a major factor in his final decision.
"That's my top three," he stated. "They've already sent me the background information on the school and that will help me. I know that I'm going to major in Sports Medicine or Engineering, and it looks like I can do at least one or maybe both at all three schools."
Here are his thoughts on the three programs currently under consideration.
Vanderbilt: "They have a strong academic background, and it's a well-respected school. When you come out of college, that degree means a lot."
Central Florida: "I like their location a lot, and I also like their Sports Medicine program... and Engineering. I didn't know UCF was as strong as it was."
NC State: "It's my relationship with coach McCollum. I like him a lot. Plus, now that I know they do offer one of my majors, it makes me look at them even more. I just found that out."
Rice has already visited UCF and Vanderbilt, and he plans on visiting NC State as early as at the end of this week.
"I'm trying to get to NC State here soon," he said. "I'll be going up there with my family. I want to get up there this week if I can. I've been hearing all kinds of stories about NC State and how nice it is, but I haven't been up there to see it myself."
Rice could be looking to make a decision in the near future.
"I can't really call one of them a favorite," he said. "I just know those are my top three. Once I get the important visits out of the way I can make a decision. NC State is about the only one left I haven't visited, and I need to see them."
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