No timetable set for a decision

Monte Rice out of Madison, Ala., attended the Ole Miss junior day last Saturday. Inside Scout's No. 18 rated middle linebacker goes over the latest with his recruitment.

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Monte Rice holds offers from programs around the country but a few have been staying in the most contact.

"LSU, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Miami, Ole Miss and California," Rice said at the final Ole Miss football scrimmage.

What kind of relationship does the 6-foot-1, 230-pound middle linebacker have with the Ole Miss staff?

"It's pretty good. Coach Barney writes me just about everyday and sends me inspirational messages. It's pretty good. And Christian Robinson he told me he use to play linebacker in the SEC."

The Rebels offered the All-State linebacker in February.

"It's a blessing," he reported to John Garcia of Scout. "Ole Miss surprised me the most because it came out of nowhere. I was taking a test, then I checked my phone and I saw that my coach texted me and said Ole Miss offered. I got in contact with them and they said they would come see me in the spring. I told them I would come up to their junior day in April."


What stands out about the Rebels to this point?

"It's in the SEC, and they have beaten Alabama in the past two years. I know on defense they get after it. I like that and them getting (head coach) Hugh Freeze made a big difference. It's a big SEC program."

The Rebels knocking off Alabama the past two seasons has really caught his eye.

"It really has. There's not too many people who can say they have beaten Alabama back to back seasons."

There are no early favorites.

"I'm going to just let it play out. There's no early favorites. I'm just looking for a school that has my major in Criminal Justice. I'm looking to win and go somewhere I can build a relationship with their coaches."

There has not been a time-table set on his decision.

"Not yet. I'm going to LSU April 30th and MSU later this spring. I haven't really set a timetable for a decision. I just want to see all of these places and make a decision from my visits."

The depth chart doesn't seem to be a big factor.

"I haven't even checked into that much yet."

A second team Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State selection in the state's highest classification (7A), Rice registered more than 130 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss along with three interceptions and two fumbles returned for touchdowns as a junior.


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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