Running Back Prospect Cortes Rice

The 6-1, 200-pound running back from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, <b>Cortes Rice</b>, is hoping he can have a healthy senior season, and collect some offers in the meantime.

After an injury-marred junior season, Los Alamitos (Calif.) running back Cortes Rice, 6-1, 200, is hoping that his senior year goes a lot smoother, and knows that its his money year.

"With out a lot of film because I was hurt, a lot of schools are waiting on me before they offer. They want to see some more film on me. I understand, though, I'll wait," said Rice.

Rice first injured his rotator cuff, and after coming back from that injury, broke his finger, limiting his ability to carry the ball for Los Alamitos.

Healthy now, Rice hopes that his senior year shows not only his durability, but his value to colleges.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I still have my top schools. UCLA is my leader right now, then its Arizona, Oregon and Notre Dame. Washington and Colorado are two other schools I'm looking at, but my top four is pretty strong," said Rice.

Rice attended both UCLA's Junior Day and their One Day Camp, having a good time at both and feeling like he came away with a lot.

"The Junior Day was real good. It was real informative and answered a lot of questions I had about the school in general. The camp was cool because I got to work out with the running backs coach (Eric Bieniemy) and show what I could do. I'm not sure if I am going to the 4-Day Camp, but I'd like to," Rice said.

His recruitment is coming from Bieniemy and he also met with Dorrell at Junior Day.

"I like Coach Dorrell. He is a really nice guy, he's got a great attitude and he is really focusing on improving the team. Coach Bieniemy, I really like his attitude."

During the injury plagued junior season, Rice rushed for over 500 yards on 75 carries and 5 touchdowns.

Teaming with Bruin recruit Jeremy Childs, the two have talked about playing in college together.

"Yeah, Jeremy really likes UCLA. We've talked about playing in college a lot."

Rice said when the offers come, he has no timetable on his decision.

"It could be a long wait and I take some trips, or I could just make the decision. I don't know right now."

He has a 3.1 GPA and will take the SAT in the fall.


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