"Hans has decided to commit to NC State," said Eufaula High head coach Dan Klages. "He told me today that he has committed to the NC State coaching staff."
Rice is regarded as one of the top players in the state of Alabama. 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. His stellar play led to early 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.
"I've been playing some quarterback too," said Rice. "It's mainly still the same though. Some like me at wide reciever but most want me to play linebacker or safety... on the defensive side of the ball.
"(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."
He made several visits to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Central Florida, before taking his fist trip to NC State in October.
“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.”Rice is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 25 weakside linebacker in the country by Scout.com.
Pack Pride will have more from Rice in the near future so stay tuned!