QA With Newest Chippewa Commit, Anthony Rice
How long have you known you wanted to play D1 college football?
I’ve wanted to play college football my whole life. As a little kid I never really realized what my dad was doing when he would throw footballs hard at me from a close distance and then get upset if I dropped the ball. I believe he was grooming me to be one step ahead of my peers.
When did you first learn the Chippewa coaching staff was interested in extending an offer?
Coach Kirby Cannon (the coach who recruited me) came to my school in May I believe and said that Central Michigan was very interested in me and that I should be expecting an offer soon because I was in the top 4 or 5 prospects and that they were sending out another round of offers within the next couple of weeks.
What does it mean to you know you will be playing for a guy (Coach Stubblefield) that truly understands the game?
It means a lot to me to be playing for Coach Stubblefield because he inspires me to be a great player. It is very easy to relate to him because he understands what I am going through. His knowledge of the habits of college defensive backs, that he acquired through experience, really amazes me and broadens my horizons to new techniques and concepts.
What made you want to be a Chippewa?
When I finally met the whole Chippewa coaching staff and got to work with them at the camp, I knew I wanted to be a chip. The bowling alley on campus may have had something to do with my decision…
Do you know much about the Chippewa offense?
I have seen some game film, looked at statistics, and heard about the offense. From what I have gathered, it seems to be a good fit for me.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a WR?
My strengths as a wide receiver: I take instruction well, I don’t give up, I love practicing my routes, I attack the ball, and I am very competitive. My weaknesses are: I need to be more physical and my size.
What are you trying to accomplish in the 2011 high school football season?
I would love to lead Marian High School to the state title, following our baseball team who will hopefully be capturing that title this weekend in Indianapolis.
Do you know what you want to study at CMU?
I would like to study physical therapy or business at CMU.
Anthony has a unique past with a father so successful at the college football level. Landing a player like this means a lot for the program. Anthony will approach his college career (both in the classroom and on the football field) with a professionalism that a lot of kids don’t quit know about yet.
This was an awesome pickup. Congratulations to the CMU football program and our newest wide receiver, Anthony Rice!