Rice Primed and Ready

Ray Rice, from New Rochelle High School, was one of the top running backs in New York for the class of 2005. He is ready to begin his college career at Rutgers University. Rice has recently added another accolade to his award's list.

"I spoke to a couple of the coaches the other day," said Raymell Rice. "They were all excited to hear about me winning the MVP award in the Governor's Cup. I had 139 yards rushing with one touchdown. I am heading there June 26th. I can't wait."

Rice's main goal is to be the starting tailback for the Scarlet Knights. "My expectations are to come in and play as a freshman. I am going to do whatever it takes to win. Hopefully, I will be able to come in there and change a few things," he said.

"Rutgers is a program on the rise. There is a whole new attitude there. They have built new facilities and making improvements on everything. A lot of good players are going to want to start coming to Rutgers to play after this year," added Rice.

During his senior season, Rice rushed for 1,122 yards with a mere 111 carries and scored 28 touchdowns. He was a ball hawk on defense finishing second in team tackles. Rice is an exceptional running back and continues to work on all aspects of his game. "I am still working on my speed, quickness, and explosiveness," he said. "I am good at reading my blocks and getting into the open field. When I get in the open field it's all over."

The 5-9, 200-pound back is bringing a former high school teammate and good friend with him to Rutgers. Glen Lee, is a Scarlet Knight signee as well.

"I hope Glen (Lee) and I are roommates. It's great to have one of your high school teammates go to college with you. It makes it a lot more comfortable. He knows the type of player I am, and I know the type of player he is," said Rice.

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