Alas, LSU recruiting makes a splash.
The Tigers added a commitment from 3-star Alabama linebacker Monty Rice on Monday, who chose LSU ahead of presumptive favorite Georgia.
“I bet I surprised a lot of people,” Rice told SEC Country.
“It was real close. I was real close to picking Georgia. Dave Aranda is just a caring person. He’s a real honest guy. I like him. He’s smart, real candid. He didn’t recruit me any different, but he didn’t put any pressure on me at all. He just told me how much they wanted me.”
The 6-foot-1, 227-pounder from James Clemens (Ala.) High narrowed his top schools down to LSU, Georgia and Auburn.
Rice visited LSU for the Florida game on Nov. 19, spending much of the pre-game alongside defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. He returned to Baton Rouge earlier this for a mid-week official visit, again in the ears of Aranda.
Aranda returned the favor, too, going in-home with the Alabama inside linebacker during the NCAA’s Contact Period.
Rice led his high school football team in tackles his senior season and also scored four touchdowns.
Rice joins 4-star Livonia (La.) athlete Patrick Queen as the two linebackers in LSU’s 2017 recruiting class. Rice is an early enrollee, which puts him on campus in January and on hand for spring practices this March.
Rice ranks as the No. 21 inside linebacker in this recruiting cycle and could be in the mix for playing time as LSU looks to replace three starters from last year’s defense: Tashawn Bower and two middle backers, Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley.
Watch: Georgia LB target Monty Rice makes his decision
Posted by UGA DawgNation – Georgia Bulldogs on Monday, December 12, 2016
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