"I haven't spoken to the coaches a lot lately, but I've been working on my offseason conditioning and lifting stuff," Rice told Dawgman.com. "It's been going good. I've put on about seven pounds since my senior season. I'm up to 237 and I'm hoping to add at least 10 more pounds before I get up there.
"It's easy to add bad weight, so I gotta make sure it's good weight. I'm really into the nutrition side of it, so I think it's all good weight."
Rice spent the months of November and December recovering from the surgery he underwent to repair the torn ACL in his left knee and now he's running nearly full speed and also working on explosive moves like jumping.
"I'm doing sprints and a lot of conditioning work right now," Rice said. "I feel like it's real close (to 100%), but I just have to keep working and push hard, but not push too hard. I don't want any setbacks."
Rice did wind up signing with Washington back in February, but there was still a thought that he could wind up greyshirting in the hopes of giving him more than a full year to recover and show up ready to go in January of 2016.
While that is still an option, Rice is hopeful that it won't come to that.
"It's still out there, but I'm not thinking that way," Rice said. "I'm planning to be up (in Seattle) in July and start with my classmates. The coaches and I will talk about things and see where it goes, but as of today, I am planning to be up there and enroll this summer."
Before his injury, Rice had totaled over 40 tackles and eight sacks earning First-Team All-District 23-5A team honors as a senior in 2014 and he was named a PrepStar All-Region selection even though he missed almost half of the season.
Dawgman.com will continue to keep track of Rice's progress and we will update news on him as it happens.