Rice Making Own Name

Here's a name of a football prospect you might remember -- Jerry Rice, Jr. He's a 5-10, 180-pound wide receiver from Atherton (Calif.) Menlo, who has one scholarship offer and is starting to get some interest from Pac-10 schools...

Atherton (Calif.) Menlo receiver Jerry Rice Jr. is a do-it-all player for the Knights. He's been playing in their secondary, split out to receiver and returning kicks and punts.

For the 5-10, 180-pounder, the season has been going well.

"We're undefeated so far at 4-0 with a bye this weekend and I've got about 550 yards in total offense and I've scored five touchdowns," said Rice. "It's been pretty fun because we've been playing well."

On the recruiting front, Rice holds a scholarship offer from Air Force, and several other schools have been showing interest in him.

"I went out to Connecticut this weekend and visited Yale and had a really good time there," said Rice. "There are some other schools who've been requesting film that I've been talking to. Coach (Kevin) Daft at Cal, Coach (Ron) Lynn at Stanford and Coach (Reggie) Moore at UCLA have all been talking to me and they're all really interested in me."

For Rice, those three in-state Pac-10 schools are the ones he's the most serious about.

"I'm really hoping to play in the Pac-10, that's what I'm focusing on. So my top three schools are Stanford, UCLA and Cal," said Rice. "I'd like to be able to play in the Pac-10 so I'm being patient and waiting to see what happens with them."

Rice said that each school recruiting him likes him as a receiver. "I could play defense, but my heart is at receiver," said Rice. "And I want to be able to return kicks and punts, too."

Rice said he's staying open and waiting to see if a school will offer him, as well as extend him a chance to take a visit. He's hoping to be able to take all five of his official visits if possible.

One school who's obviously interested in Rice is Mississippi Valley State, his father's alma mater. "They sent me a really nice letter, but I'm hoping to stay in California," said Rice.

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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