Casey Turner, a running back from Edward H. White High (Jacksonville, Fla.), knows how much the Scarlet Knights relied on Rice, and that is the central reason he will begin an official visit to Rutgers on Saturday morning and take in the game against West Virginia.
"I don't know much about Rutgers,'' White said. "I've never been to New Jersey. I just know they had a good running back in Ray Rice. That's why I want to take a visit up there.''
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Turner committed to Florida International during the season, but lately his recruitment has taken off, and he is listening to what several programs have to say.
"It's a soft verbal,'' White said. "I'm still going to take my five visits and make my decision on signing day. FIU is still in the mix.''
White will take in Saturday's game between Rutgers and West Virginia, then turn his attention to scheduling more trips.
He is set to visit North Carolina the weekend of Jan. 15, and he also wants to visit Arkansas, Central Florida and Florida International.
But why are schools coming after him so hard lately?
"I have no idea,'' Turner said. "I guess because it's getting down to signing day so they're coming after me hard.''
That, and the staggering senior season Turner put together.
After falling 50 yards short of the 2,000-yard mark as a junior, Turner rushed for 2,400 yards and 31 touchdowns while leading the Commanders to an 8-4 mark.
"Last year I hit 1,950 (yards), but this year it was a little motivation to get to 2,000 yards,'' Turner said. "I mostly run between the tackles, a little bit of mix of speed and power. You can't just have speed.''