April 6, 2008

Rice close to pulling trigger for Rebels

Hans Rice almost became an Ole Miss Rebel Saturday.

"I got pretty close to doing it right there," Rice said. "They asked me what the hold-up was and I told them I needed to talk to my momma. She's still a little indecisive. She's kind of tentative because she hasn't seen the campus and she's worried about the distance."

The linebacker from Eufala, Ala., hardly noticed the five-hour drive back from Oxford late Saturday after spending most of the day at the Rebels' third junior day of the spring.

"It was great," Rice said. "All the coaches came up to me and made me feel welcome. I felt like they really appreciated me. I went to Coach (Houston) Nutt's office. He's so funny. He's like my coach (former Arkansas linebacker Jamel Harris) said, he's a players' coach. He's also a coaches' coach. It's like a family there."

Rice, who was offered a scholarship by Ole Miss very early this year, liked his time at Ole Miss so much that he wants to take his mother back to Oxford later this month.

"I want her to see what I saw and get the feel for it," Rice said.

What Rice saw solidified the Rebels as the clear leader for his services.

"They gave me a private tour," Rice said. "It was real impressive, especially the sports medicine program, which is what I plan on majoring in. I hope I don't get hurt, but they showed me where I'd rehab. I'd be able to able to watch SportsCenter the whole time."

Rice, who has also drawn serious interest from Alabama, Georgia Tech and Stanford, also watched the Rebels' scrimmage inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.

"I liked their blitz package," Rice said. "I love the blitz."

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