May 19, 2011
WR Anthony Rice is hoping for an Army offer
Sometimes it's difficult for any young man to follow in the footsteps of his father.
Especially when you are an aspiring high school senior who plays wide receiver and your dad is former Notre Dame quarterback Tony Rice.
Yes, it's the same Tony Rice that led Notre Dame to the 1988 National Championship with a perfect 12-0 record.
As such, the senior Rice is in the midst of passing the proverbial "welcome to college recruiting" baton over to his son Anthony Rice, where there is plenty of fatherly instructions to be shared.
And if things go according to young Mr. Rice's plans, his dad may be called upon to instruct him on the excitement and pleasure of playing in the triple option offense. An offense that the senior Rice perfected with the Fighting Irish and the one the Black Knights of Army run.
"They are actively recruiting me," Rice shared with GoBlackKnights.com of his contact with the Army coaching staff.
"Coach Ross (Joe) came in and I met him at the office at the school. We then got my transcript and went to my coaches' office, where we sat and talked for about an hour. He did a great job talking about Army football and West Point."
Although Rice doesn't have an offer from the Black Knights, he is optimistic that it will only be a matter for time before he will receive that offer call from Ross.
"He told me that he is only visiting six states, and that he wouldn't be here if he didn't think I would be offered by them," said an enthusiastic Rice, who is being recruited as a wide receiver by Army.
"I am very interested in Army and that's the kind of discipline that I'm looking for. I feel that West Point has great academics and athletics and would b a good fit for me."
But Army isn't the only program with their eyes on the 6-foot-0, 170 pound wideout and Rice is keeping his options open, although he admits that the Black Knights have a slight lead on the others.
"I just received my first offer Monday and that was from Central Michigan when I went to visit them," Rice declares. "I'm also hearing from Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Ball State, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan."
"Army at the top of my list, but all of the schools that I am talking to, I wouldn't be able to make a decision right now," jokes Rice, who indicated that he is looking to email Coach Ross to schedule a visit to the West Point campus."
"My parents were very excited about my offer from Army and my Mom wants me to push for that and my dad just wants me to make a decision that would make me happy."
Beyond the gridiron, the prospect out of Mishawaka (In) Marian High School
participates in track and basketball although he took of this past round ball season to concentrate on football. "I will return to basketball next season," he vows.
His track events are the 200M (22.61), 4x400 and long jump, but due to a hamstring injury, he won't be participating in area's sectionals meet.
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