Eufaula player offered Rebel scholarship
The Eufaula Tiger had 82 total tackles last season, with 47 solo and 35 assists with six of those tackles for a loss. He also had one sack and two caused fumbles.
"I got my letter a couple of days ago and that's how I found out," Hans Rice said of the Ole Miss offer.
Asked if he thought there was a chance he might head west Rice said, "I'm kind of open right now."
Then he added, "There's a good chance though."
Rice is hearing from UCF, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi State in addition to the Rebels.
We asked Rice if any of those schools appealed over the others.
"One that I am hearing from that I'm leaning towards would be Georgia Tech," he said. "They are very good at engineering and sports medicine which I'm very interested."
"It's also close to home. That doesn't hurt too much," Rice adds with a laugh.
Eufaula will start their spring in two weeks which will culminate in a game against powerhouse Benjamin Russell.
Rice has started for only one year for Eufaula, but his head coach, Dan Klages, says he has the grades and the ability to play at the next level.
"He kind of burst onto the scene. He was a sophomore on our '06 team, and we were real strong at safety, so he didn't get a whole lot of playing time there," Klages said.
"We kind of made a decision that we probably needed to get him up closer to the ball, and he was kind of a natural outside linebacker type just by looking at him."
"We weren't sure how he would do, but we made a move and then the first day we moved him we knew that was where he needed to be."
"He just pays a lot of attention. He's got great range. Makes plays in the open field. He's a big hitter. He's one that wows the crowd with his hits, and he's got good quickness."
"He's very intelligent and can learn his assignments. The fact that he's got a tall frame, and he's got the grades right now. He's got quiet a bit of potential yet. I don't think he's nearly reached his peak, and I think that's part of what makes him the prospect that he is."
"The coaches are looking more at potential right now because he's just had one year of starting for us. He had good stats, but they weren't off the page but when you see film on him you appreciate him a lot more because you see what he can do."
"With another year in the weight room and then another year of maturing physically and becoming more comfortable where he's playing, obviously the longer you do it the better you start playing from reaction more so than thinking. That process will get better too."
"I think he will have an outstanding senior year, but I think that the coaches that have been very interested in him see two or three plays and see his potential and think ‘wow'."
"He kind of reminds me of Karlos Dansby that played at Auburn. Very similar looking athlete to him. Tall, thin but very rangy, long arms and physical at the same time."
We asked Klages about his 6-3, 190 size, "He's about that," he said. "He's grown a little bit. He's getting a little more meat on him. We'd love to see him get around 215 or so by next fall. He may do it too because he's at that age where he's still growing. Obviously I think the colleges feel like he'll have the potential to do that too."
Rice also plays for the Eufaula basketball team and Klages touched on that with regards to his size.
"He's played basketball all his life, and that's helped him develop a lot of skills that help him on the football field," he said. "However, what it doesn't do is that it doesn't put weight on you. He runs a lot of it off, and he doesn't have that downtime to be in the weightroom. There are certain skills that are developed in basketball that have helped him. We encourage our guys to play as many things as they can."
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