Eufala (AL) Hans Rice has been a huge priority for the NC State coaching staff throughout the 2008 recruiting year. The 6-3, 200 pound senior has visited Central Florida, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt but was adamant in his desire to visit the Wolfpack prior to making a decision on his future college. This past weekend he was in Raleigh for an official visit and gave Pack Pride the lowdown on his trip.
“The visit went real well,” he said. “The hospitality I got was probably the best I’ve seen. When I first got there I got to see the Wolfpack statue and when I went back to the hotel I liked the fact that they had a big cake waiting on me.”
Originally it was thought that NC State was targeting Rice as an outside linebacker but he told Pack Pride recently that the Pack may actually start him out as a safety.
“He (Coach McCollum) was saying how they are recruiting me to play linebacker and safety. He said that next year I'd be in a battle for the safety spot because they may need that more next year, but as I get bigger I'd probably move to linebacker.”
With his career possibly beginning in the defensive backfield, Rice had a chance to watch the Pack work out as they prepare for Thursday night’s game with Florida State. He also spent quite a bit of time talking with the NC State coaching staff.
“I went to practice on Sunday and talked to coach O’Brien for about an hour,” said Rice. “I talked to coach Reed and basically the whole coaching staff while I was there. I guess I had about a 30 minute session with coach McCollum and coach Reed.”
Rice was hosted by freshman OL Zach Allen and the three-star weak-side LB according to Scout.com liked the fact that he would have somewhat of a connection to home if he chose to play at NC State.
“Zach Allen hosted me on my visit. Being a Alabama player being recruited by NC State it was good to know there was a Georgia guy up there so I would have a car pool ride to come home with.”
It was believed before Rice’s visit to NC State that a decision could come soon after the trip. There’s still a possibility that he could make a commitment at virtually any time but Rice is also kicking around the idea of making at least one more official visit prior to announcing his commitment.
“I have tentative visit scheduled with Ole Miss,” he said. “If I don’t take that visit, my decision will come before that but if I take it, I’ll make a decision right after it. If I take the visit to Ole Miss it’ll be on Nov 1.”
For now, it appears that Ole Miss and NC State have solidly emerged as the two teams to beat.
Projecting as a full academic qualifier, Rice plans to major in Engineering in college.