"I am up to 200 now," added Hans Rice. "This
offseason has been about me taking on my blocks better. Coach Harris showed me
some new techniques. That was really my only concern. I have always been a good
open field player. Now I am ready to see how much I have improved when we play
Dothan Friday in our season opener."
The weight issue has led some
schools to take a wait and see approach.
"Auburn has been coming on strong. They are really
the only new school to start showing me a lot of interest, well them and Arkansas.
Coach Willis at Auburn told me that there is a good chance that I am going to
get an offer in the middle of the season. That is what Vandy told me too, but
then they ended up offering me. A lot of the schools want to see how much weight
I can put on. I started out at 175, and I have worked myself up to 200 pounds.
I am just over 6' 3", so it has been good weight that I have put on. Most
of the schools are telling me that is the only issue they have with me. They just
want to see how much bigger I can get."
For a number of schools, the
weight issue is not a problem.
"I have already been offered by Ole Miss, Vandy, North Carolina State, and Central Florida."
set up one unofficial and official visit.
"Most likely, I am going
up to Ole Miss this weekend to see them play Memphis, and I am going on an official
visit to Central Florida when they play South Florida."
Rice was suppose
to take in the Rebel's senior camp but the plans fell through at the last minute.
thing with me is that Ole Miss was really strong, but my mom never got to see
the campus. I am 60% of the decision and my mom is 40%. My mom plans on going
with me this weekend to Ole Miss though. I am not going to make my decision until
my mom sees the school first. I talked to Coach Dickerson about it, and he knows
the situation. There is about a 70 - 80 chance I will be there this weekend with
Who is coming after Rice the hardest?
the top three would be Vandy, North Carolina State, and Central Florida."
stands out about Vandy?
"Overall, they have a good education program
in sports medicine (carries a 3.9 GPA/24 ACT), plus it is an SEC school. I also
have a good relationship with Coach Belin. The biggest thing is that he does not
tolerate profanity. I do not either."
like the location because it is separated from the city, so you do not have to
worry about the crime."
"The thing I like
about State is that Coach McCullan is real into it. It is not all about business
with him. He is down to earth and goes out of his way to establish a personal
relationship with you."
What about Auburn?
Auburn because of their location and the number of big games they play in. My
family could see me play if I went to Auburn."
And Ole Miss?
thing I like about Ole Miss is that it is far enough from home where I feel like
I am away from home, but at the same time, it is close enough where my parents
can still come see me play. I just want to get away from home and experience life
outside of Alabama."
Does Rice have a good feel for any of the campuses
that he is interested in?
"I think I have a pretty good feel for
Auburn's and Alabama's campuses. I went to Ole Miss' Jr Day, but I have not been
there enough to really know the campus yet. Hopefully this weekend will give me
a better feel."