December 16, 2011

Rice enjoys visit, excited to get to CMU

Anthony Rice, a wide receiver out of Marian HS in Mishawaka, Ind. committed to Central Michigan on June 17. Rice is a two-star prospect who stands at 6-foot-0, weighs 168 pounds and runs a 4.57 forty-yard dash. He is the son of former Notre Dame quarterback Tony Rice.

The Mishawaka native had offers from CMU and Army, along with interest from Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Western Michigan. After he committed to the Chippewas last summer, he ended his recruitment to focus on his senior season and to get ready to play for CMU.

On the weekend of December 2-4, Rice took an official visit to CMU. The visit was his first official visit to any school and he will not be taking any more official visits. He has visited Mount Pleasant twice before: in May 2011 about a month before he committed and again after in late June 2011 for Central Michigan's football camp.

"We got there Friday and had dinner, then the players showed us around campus and some of the things that they usually do. Saturday, we had the academic portion of it, just touring the school and the campus. They were showing us all of the opportunities that we have academically. Saturday night, we took pictures in our jerseys and then met with the coaches individually. We had a meeting with our position coach and watched film with them."

Rice came to CMU with his mother and most of the other commits in the Class of 2012 for the Chippewas. Being able to spend time with the other recruits that have signed with CMU was a huge relief for him.

"It was very relieving. I was kind of worried, not knowing these guys before I went in, how I would fit in. But I feel like we all gelled and I felt like we all got along very well and I'm excited to see where these next four years take us."

The Chippewas have several young, talented receivers that have already produced in games in Titus Davis and Courtney Williams, along with other freshmen Billy Myler and Jason Wilson that saw time in 2011. They also have Jerry Harris and Cody Wilson coming back next season. Needless to say, there may not be a huge opportunity for Rice to play as a freshman. However, that is not stopping him from looking at the positive aspects of waiting a year to play if he has to.

"The coaches were talking about how this year showed the opportunity that the freshmen have to play, but at the same time they don't want to start me too early when they already have two freshmen wide receivers starting right now. They want to give me a year to get bigger and faster and then hopefully I'll be able to fill in the senior's shoes when they leave."

Rice is okay with taking a year to get better at his craft and knows that there are areas that he can improve in so that he can contribute to the Chippewas over the next several years.

"Obviously, I just want to get bigger, faster and stronger. But my size especially needs to improve. I have to put some weight on and get the maxes on my lifts up."

Stick to ChippewaCountry for the latest in CMU athletics and recruiting

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!