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One of the highest gamers within the 2022 recruiting cycle made his much-anticipated dedication Thursday, as five-star offensive sort out Zach Rice selected North Carolina over Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Virginia reside on CBS Sports HQ. Rice made the announcement surrounded by teammates, household and buddies in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the information was met with a massive applause from the gang. 

“The difference was obviously I want to play for a Hall of Fame head coach. Mack Brown is amazing,” Rice mentioned. “We’re on the come up right now, I really believe that, and the only thing I can do is get better.” 

Rice added that he plans to reach on campus in January as an early enrollee, in time for spring apply forward of the 2022 season. 

Rice ranks because the No. 1 offensive sort out in 2022 class and the No. 7 general prospect in keeping with the 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot-6, 282-pound lineman has been in comparison with former Alabama and present Cleveland Browns sort out Jedrick Wills, with recruiting analysts mentioning how Rice has “fared well” towards prime prospects in camp settings — one thing that scouts wished to see given his competitors at the highschool stage enjoying at Liberty Christian Academy. 

247Sports’ nationwide recruiting analyst Brian Dohn notes that with Rice’s huge body and shoulder width, he has “ideal left tackle size with strength.” 

Multi-sport athlete performed on state class 3A semifinal workforce as junior. Agile and high-level athlete. Moves properly in house. Plays with perspective and nastiness. Strong at level of assault and makes use of his decrease physique power properly. Initial punch is forceful and performs with heavy arms. Once engaged stays locked on and drives legs. Finishes blocks properly. Effective down blocker from proper sort out place. Shows capacity to tug and transfer properly in house. Can scrape and get to second stage. Has physique management to pinpoint second-level defenders. Has agility to cowl the sting towards velocity rusher. Is affected person in go professional and doesn’t lung usually. Consistency with hand placement wanted. Has to proceed to work on bend to be extra in step with sinking hips and profitable leverage battle. Has to refine kick step. Multi-year starter at prime 10 program. NFL first spherical potential.

This is a big addition to North Carolina’s 2022 class that already ranked within the prime 15 nationally previous to his dedication. Steve Wiltfong mentioned on CBS Sports HQ that Rice strikes the Tar Heels as much as No. 9 within the 247Sports Composite, and it addresses one of many greatest wants for the offense within the offensive line. After recruiting the quarterback and ability positions properly the final couple of cycles, Rice turns into an instantaneous impression contributor to the offensive line.  

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