"It feels great, to finally have it done after almost two years," said Rice, a linebacker prospect out of AC Reynolds High School in Asheville.
Rice is optimistic about this class and the future of football at UNC.
"I talked with Coach Bunting, Coach Gitty [new UNC Defensive Coordinator John Gutekunst], and Coach Powell, who was my primary recruiter. They were all very happy and sounded thrilled," he said.
"It is going to be a great class, and I can't wait to get there."