Another long, athletic player to plug into the front seven: One of the biggest themes over the past few years when recruiting front seven prospects is length. In order to be successful against spread teams, defenses need long, athletic players who can use their hands well and get off blocks.
At 6'4" and close to 230 pounds, Rice has the size and athleticism the Huskies are looking to add to their roster. He also runs very well for a guy his size.
He's a perfect fit at the BUCK linebacker spot where the coaches will ask him to both rush the quarterback and drop back into coverage.
His role at UW: With Hauoli Kikaha finishing up his eligibility following the 2014 season, the Huskies definitely were looking for another body to put in line at the BUCK linebacker spot.
He will battle the likes of Cory Littleton and Psalm Wooching for playing time once he arrives next summer.
Impact on 2015 and beyond: Rice is a good looking athlete, but he's raw and he's got a long way to go before he's ready for the rigors of the college game. He'll show up this coming summer, get reps during fall camp and in practice, but he'll almost definitely utilize his redshirt season as a freshman.
After redshirting and with Littleton graduating, the only player older than Rice that will still be left to battle is Wooching, assuming he uses all of his eligibility with the Huskies.
The bottom line: Washington wants to start mining the skilled talent base in Texas and Rice is the first one they have gotten from the Lonestar State using the connections of Jeff Choate (Houston) and Breant Pease (Dallas Metroplex).
Expect more names from Texas to start popping up with an interest in the Huskies, but it will be interesting to see how hard the staff goes after kids who are so far away. In the 2015 class, the top prospect from Texas that Washington appears to be in on is Rockwall RB Chris Warren.
If the Dawgs can pluck two or three prospects from the state in each recruiting class, they should be able to unearth some nice nuggets to fit into their program.
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