For Springfield (Ohio) Greenon junior quarterback Cade Rice the weekend added some bright news despite the changes around him due to the coronavirus.
“I got my first offer from Illinois State,” said Rice. “I’m talking with Coach (Harold) Etheridge, their offensive line coach. He recruits Georgia, Ohio, and Indiana. I’ve not been on campus, but I hope to get there soon after all this virus stuff blows over.”
Despite the chaos currently in recruiting the Redbirds used this time to make sure the 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback understood their interest.
“Coach Etheridge said he liked all parts of my game,” explained Rice. “They just signed a guy who has the same frame I do. So they like a quarterback who has decent size and can run a little bit.
“They do a lot with their offense and not a run-heavy offense. The guy they signed has very similar measurements. Coach Etheridge said I would be a great fit for them.”
With the NCAA installing a new dead period with colleges closing and spring practice canceled, Rice knows some things are out of his control and he’ll have to make adjustments.
“Right now it seems this is not affecting recruiting much,” he said. “But to be honest, this does concern me a little bit. I’m not sure because this is something completely new. Just as recruiting is new this virus is new. So, I’m not sure if it’s going to slow things down.
“Illinois State did offer me without me getting on campus and they’ve not seen me in person yet.
“At this time I’m not stressed out about it.”
Outside of Illinois State, Rice was excited about upcoming scheduled visits and coaches coming to school to see him throw.
“I was to visit Marshall on March 19th,” he said. “Now, I have to move it to a date to be determined. Hopefully, it will be sometime in April if that is possible. Marshall seems pretty interested as I’ve been talking with Coach (Tim) Cramsey a lot.
“I was to throw in front of Coach (Eric) Koehler from Miami Ohio in April but I’m not sure that is going to happen or not. I think he also wanted me to come back for practice.
“Bowling Green also wanted me to visit for spring practice.”
With schools closed, Rice has already made plans to keep his team together and working.
“I’ve got a set up in my basement with a lot of weights and a squat rack,” he said. “So I’ve got guys from the football team coming over. We’re keeping it at small numbers with different guys on different days coming over to lift with me. Then we’re going out in my backyard to throw.
“I was to attend the Elite 11 later this month in Indianapolis but now hope to attend the one on May 2nd in Nashville.”