Rice Waiting Patiently

Denzel Rice attended the North Carolina-East Carolina game on Saturday to "support" the Tar Heels, his favorite team, and discuss the status of a potential scholarship offer with the coaching staff.

"They were telling me just to be patient, because they're going through all that stuff," Rice said. "Coach ‘Mo' [Allen Mogridge], he's trying to persuade the position coach to go ahead and pull the trigger."

UNC is recruiting Rice as an athlete and believes the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Carver could play wide receiver or defensive back for them. However, the coaching staff projects him as a wide receiver.

"I'd rather play defensive back, because I think I have a brighter future [at that position]," Rice said. "But it doesn't really matter to me."

If UNC does offer him, Rice says there's a 90-percent chance he'd immediately accept it.

"That's just my dream college," Rice said. "I've wanted to go to [UNC] since I was a little kid. So I'm just waiting on them, basically."

East Carolina, as well as Division I-AA schools Coastal Carolina and Western Carolina, has already offered Rice a scholarship. Additionally, Wake Forest appears close to offering.

"Wake Forest, they said they're going to pull the trigger soon," Rice said. "They just have to evaluate a few things on my highlight tape."

Like UNC, all of the aforementioned schools categorize Rice an athlete. However, East Carolina and Wake Forest believe he's better suited at defensive back.

For Carver, Rice rarely leaves the football field during the course of a game. He starts at both wide receiver and defensive back, and handles punt, kick, and return duties. On the season, he has seven total touchdowns, four interceptions, and 350 receiving yards.

On Saturday, Rice arrived in Chapel Hill around noon. After a quick tour of the football facilities, he and his father met with Mogridge in his office.

"He told me to be patient and not to let go of Carolina, because sooner or later [the offer] was going to come," Rice said.

Rice then watched UNC defeat East Carolina, 42-17.

"It's always a good thing for them to win," Rice said. "I'm rooting for them whether I go there or not.

"I loved it. I love the atmosphere and everything about it. That motivated me more to want to go to Carolina."

Following the game, Rice stopped by the Wake Forest-Georgia Tech game on his way home.

This Saturday, Rice will return to Chapel Hill for UNC's ACC bout with Clemson.

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