Rice Gets Attention, Waits on Offer

The running back from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, <b>Cortes Rice</b>, has been impressive in camps this spring and summer, but still doesn't have an offer. He favors the Bruins and talks about what an offer from UCLA would mean...

Halfway through the summer, Los Alamitos (Calif.) running back Cortes Rice (6-1, 200) is still waiting for the elusive first scholarship offer, but has added a couple more schools of interest to his list.

Aside from hearing from UCLA, his clear leader, Rice is also getting attention from Arizona, Washington, Notre Dame, Boston College, Colorado and Colorado State.

"UCLA is my leader," said Rice. "After them, I like Arizona, Notre Dame, Colorado, Colorado State, Washington and Oregon."

Rice struggled with injuries his junior year, first hurting his rotator cuff, and after coming back from that injury, breaking his finger, limiting his ability to carry the ball for Los Alamitos.

Probably because of that the offers have yet to come in, though several schools have said they could offer in the Fall.

"Most of the schools said they want to watch a couple of games, and they would offer," said Rice.

Rice stayed away from most team camps this summer, and instead focused on passing leagues with Los Alamitos, where he got the majority of his action at safety, along with teammate Jeremy Childs.

"It's tough being a running back in passing leagues, but they try to keep me involved. Playing safety gets us some action though," Rice said.

He did attend both UCLA's Junior Day and their One-Day Camp, along with SC's one-day camp.

Rice is being recruited by UCLA assistant coach Don Johnson, as well as coach Eric Bieniemy. "They're both cool guys. I worked out with Coach Bieniemy at the UCLA camp. He's a great coach."

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

With Childs also being heavily recruited by UCLA, and leaning towards committing to the Bruins soon, Rice would not mind joining his friend in college. "We talk about it a lot. It would be real cool to play together in college."

Rice said that if UCLA offered, he could end his recruitment right then. "I'd probably commit to UCLA instead of look around."

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

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