Ray Rice, a two-time New York All-State RB/CB, has commited to Rutgers.
Raymell Rice has gone through quite a whirlwind of a last month. The Syracuse University verbal commitment who attended the Orange's practices as the squad prepared for their Bowl game under Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni was left wondering after his reason to attend Syracuse was let go.
"You know, what happened at Syracuse, that was not good. When I committed to Syracuse, I committed to Coach Pasqualoni and what happened to him made me feel really bad."
At that point Rice was left wondering if the upstate NY school would still remain as his best option.
Rice's recruitment came to an abrupt end in June when he decided to attend Syracuse. Rice chose the Orange over an offer from Virginia, among others.
"Virginia had offered me early, but then I decided to verbal to Coach Pasqualoni and Syracuse."
Once his decision was made, nothing could change the young man's mind.
Except, of course, for a Syracuse coaching change, one that came rather unexpectedly.
"Arizona State, Penn State, Wisconsin, they were all still in there," stated Rice, after Pasqualoni's dismissal, "but really, at that point it was just between Syracuse and Rutgers and nobody else."
Rice decided to put a quick end to any questions that may arise in his recruitment and called Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano earlier today to announce his decision.
"I called Coach Schiano earlier today. He's been getting me some good information lately and the last few days so I wanted to give him a call and give him some good news also."
"The facilities at Rutgers are great. But really, the most important reason [for committing] are the coaches. They are great people and I really respect that."
Like many before him, Rice left undeniably impressed when he toured the Rutgers facilities.
"The facilities are the best in America. If you think you can't go in there and do all kinds of things with all that equipment - I'm telling you, best facilities in America. You can turn your body into a machine."
Given that Rice played the CB and RB position in high school, and considering the abundance of tailbacks on the Rutgers depth chart, one might be led to believe that the NY prospect is set for the defensive backfield. However, that is not the case.
"I was recruited as a running back and that's my preference. I mean, I want to come in and play immediately. I'm here to make an immediate impact."