June 19, 2011

Rice Reacts to CMU Commitment

Marian High School (Mishawaka, Ind.) wide receiver Anthony Rice committed to Central Michigan on Thursday night and announced it to the world by posting it on his Twitter page. Rice is the eighth commitment, and the second wide receiver, in the Class of 2012 for the Chippewas. Rice is listed at 6'0 and 168 lbs. and runs a 4.57 40-yard dash. His bench maximum is listed at 225 lbs. and his squat max is 315 lbs. The Indiana native also scored a 1670 on the SAT.

Central Michigan was Rice's only offer to this point, but he was receiving a lot of interest from Bowling Green, Akron, Northwestern, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan. Despite the interest from other schools, Rice says that it was not that tough of decision to commit to CMU.

"Honestly, it wasn't that tough. The coaching staff made it a lot easier of a decision than I expected it to be. They were very honest and open with me. That helped it tremendously. I have been able to develop a relationship with them during my visits to campus and that made the decision so much easier."

Rice visited CMU in May and secondary coach Kirby Cannon visited Rice at his high school. The coaching staff that Rice has developed such a good relationship was obviously excited when he told him that he had decided to become a Chippewa.

"They were very excited. They talked to me it about before and I think they kind of expected it because of my reaction when we talked about it. They were very nice and they said "Fire Up Chips!" That was great."

The Indiana native has several reasons for choosing to commit to Central Michigan, including more praise for Coach Enos and his staff. He also chuckled when he said that the unlimited meal pass was a big reason he decided to pick CMU.

"Like I said, the coaching staff, especially Coach Stubblefield, is a big reason. I really liked the campus. I really enjoyed the SAC. I've talked to Jarrett Fleming and he's from my area and he gave me a good breakdown on Central Michigan. Of course, the unlimited meal pass is nice. My parents really liked it too and that was a big plus. But to be honest, it was mostly the coaching staff."

Rice's parents, especially his father, have been a big influence on him as a person and a player. Rice father is Tony Rice, who was the starting quarterback for Lou Holtz on Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team. The younger Rice says that his dad has been helping him develop as a football player since he was very young.

"When I was little, my dad would stand outside and play catch with me. From a young age, my dad would throw the ball at me at a very good speed and I think that helped me rise above my peers at a very young age. His guidance helped me to develop as a player too as he has been able to break down my performance in games, what I have done well and haven't done well. Last year, he came out to practice to try to help the team get in sync. In the recruiting process, he has not pressured me to go to a certain school. He has basically sat back and let me figure it out for myself. He has only stepped in when I have come to him for advice."

The Marian senior is still signed up for some camps this summer, but he said he isn't sure that he will be going to them now that he has committed to CMU. Rice went on to say that he is glad that he was able to commit before his senior season, but that it was more important to commit now so that he could secure his spot as a Chippewa.

"The most important thing to me was to not let my spot get taken because they only have one more spot left at wide receiver. It wasn't so much to commit before my senior season as it was about securing my spot on the team that I wanted to be on. It will help my senior season though, because I will be able to focus on helping my team and not on getting myself recruited and getting myself more offers."

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