Jerry Rice, Jr., Knows What It Takes

Atherton (Calif.) Menlo receiver prospect Jerry Rice, Jr., will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend. He'll probably walk-on at one of three different schools, but he's pretty familiar with the proving-yourself route, since his father took it himself...

Atherton (Calif.) Menlo receiver Jerry Rice, Jr., will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend, and he hopes to have some more clarity on where he'll end up next year by the end of the trip.

"They want me to come in as a walk-on," said Rice. "Coach (Rick) Neuheisel did the same process that I'm kind of doing at UCLA, so anything can happen."

Rice has already visited Arizona and Stanford, and both are saying the same thing.

"I went to Arizona for an official visit last weekend and Stanford was an unofficial because it's like 10 minutes from my house. They're both in the same boat as UCLA, they want me to walk-on and earn a scholarship," said Rice. "I had been talking to Yale but I'm more focused on the Pac-10 now."

Rice said that the three Pac-10 schools he's considering all offer different strong points. "Obviously, education wise, the strong point has to be with Stanford, the location area I want to be in is at UCLA, and the coaches are real at Arizona," said Rice. "I haven't been to UCLA yet, so I'm sure I'll have a better sense of where I'll go after that."

Rice had been hopeful some offers would come his way, and said being overlooked has gotten him down. And he's got a familiar story in his family. He said: "I'm not disappointed, I just have to prove it. I'm still able to provide some options and there is still a chance when I get to a program, once I get in, that I could earn a scholarship. It doesn't matter anymore; do what you have to do to get a win for yourself. Obviously if someone offered, I would have to take a hard look and consideration at those schools. But yeah, my dad, he made it to the NFL taking up a small level path. If you're good enough, you're going to make it. If you're good enough, you're going to see the field. Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity like everyone else."

Rice said his timeline for a decision should be set for early next week. "After this weekend, I think I'll have a pretty clear standing of where I am and where I want to be and of the best situation for me," said Rice. "I believe after this weekend, I'll be able to make a strong decision."

Rice said all of his attention is coming as a receiver, but the opportunity to return punts and kicks is something he hopes presents itself down the line.

He was selected, and played in the Offense-Defense All-American Game earlier this month and enjoyed the experience.

"It was a fun experience, playing with a bunch of other guys that were very talented," said Rice. "The competition factor, being able to play against very good corners, I liked that. But we got smacked."

Academically, Rice is in fine shape, carrying a 3.5 GPA with a 1660 SAT score and a 26 on the ACT.


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