October 18, 2007

Desert DE has offers and favorites

The rise from the dead has been meteoric for Palm Desert (Calif.) College of the Desert in 2007 as the Roadrunners are 6-0 out of the gate and ranked No. 27 in the latest JCGridiron Dirty 30 rankings. One reason has been a stellar defense led by a defensive end with six offers on the table.

College of the Desert defensive end Lonnell Rice has been brutal on opponents so far in 2007 and a large part of the reason the Roadrunners are now the favorites to capture the Foothill Conference crown. Rice has been reeling in offers since the summer and gave us his thoughts.

"I have offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M," Rice said. "Arizona was the first to offer during the summer and the rest came in during the beginning of the season. Ole Miss offered about three weeks ago."

Rice is 6-foot-6, 275 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash around 4.85 seconds. He graduated from Vista Del Lago High School (Calif.) in 2006 and was being recruited by USC and Arizona State before failing to qualify academically.

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