FSU continued to reinforce its pipeline from south Florida in this recruiting cycle, part of which included supplying new talent at a position of serious need. Miami Norland High School's Emmett Rice (6'3, 195), a Tim Brewster recruit, figures to provide some necessary depth at the linebacker position for the 'Noles.
Rice is ranked as a composite three-star recruit, although the major recruiting services are rather split on his rating: 247sports and Scout give him three stars, while ESPN and Rivals have him at four. The nation's No. 26 outside linebacker, Rice has certainly impressed some marquee programs; in addition to his Florida State offer, he also has one from Alabama, Florida, Miami, West Virginia, NC State, Missouri, Syracuse, and Louisville, among others. The Cardinals are the Seminoles' main competition for Rice (he's on a visit there this weekend), and in addition to Louisville, Rice has also visited West Virginia.
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Bud Elliott: I don't make this comparison lightly. And I don't think he is as talented; however, Rice reminds me of Telvin Smith. His ability to deliver huge hits despite his slight frame is awesome, and he has great closing speed and a nose for the ball as well.
With Rice's length and his instincts as a pass rusher, he will enhance a defensive scheme with his ability to make plays up near the LOS or in the underneath zone. Solid prospect with nice upside. Should be a valuable member on special teams as well.