3-Star linebacker has positive experience on his trip

Monty Rice out of Madison, Ala., is no stranger to the Ole Miss campus, but the 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker had never attended one of their home games. Saturday he got that chance.

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"Ole Miss gave me a lot to think about," Rice said. "They are making my decision more difficult."

The Rebels lost a 5-point game that they once held a 21-point advantage against the nation's top ranked team.

"I wanted to see how they were going to play and how they coached. They have some of the best coaching staffs in the country. I wasn't expecting it to be like that. Everything that happened didn't surprise me but Ole Miss getting up big and losing it did. I thought Ole Miss was outplaying them but then Alabama forced some key turnovers that swung the momentum to their side. Alabama never game up but neither did Ole Miss. It was two great teams going up against one another."

The record crowd in the state of Mississippi didn't go unnoticed as well.

"It was a lot of fun. The atmosphere was really good. It was a really exciting game. The tail gaiting was something I've never seen before. The overall game day atmosphere at Ole Miss was great. I really enjoyed everything I saw."

What stood out the most during the trip?

"Coach Hugh Freeze. He just showed me a lot of love. He talked to me about coming to Ole Miss and said he needed a player like me to come in and start for them. I just like how important they always make me feel."

Ole Miss has missed at linebacker in the past couple classes. The opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact was obvious to Scout's No. 23 rated middle linebacker.

"Yes sir, I think some of their linebackers played well, but I feel like I can bring some more speed to their defense. That's why they want me so badly. They want to get faster at linebacker."

Monty has now attended home games at Auburn and Ole Miss. He has also expressed serious interest in Florida, Florida State, LSU and Georgia. All have offered.

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

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