With the official first day of summer nearing 7-on-7 tournaments are now in full swing all across the state of Texas which means there are several Rice prospects hitting the fields and honing their skills.
One prospect who recently took in a 7-on7 tournament was League City (TX) Clear Creek running back Ceejay Green, who doesn't yet hold an offer from the Owls but has been getting a lot of interest from the local program including a recent invite to attend camp.
"The recruiting process has been going pretty good," the 5-foot-9, 186-pound running back said. "I recently talked to coach (Darrell) Patterson and he invited me to their camp and said that they really like what I do on the field and they like my film."
The speedy all-purpose back doesn't currently hold any offers but has been regularly hearing from a handful of schools and hopes his first offer could come soon.
"I've been hearing a lot from New Mexico, New Mexico State and most recently Rice and Wake Forest," Green said.
While it's still early in the recruiting process, Green has not yet had a chance to get around to all the schools he is interested in
"The only campus I've really been able to thoroughly check out in was SMU's when I went up there for a junior day," he said. "I haven't really had much of a chance to look too much into any other schools but I have been to the Rice campus before, I recently had to take a picture up there so I was able to check out the field and the facilities and stuff while I was there."
As he awaits his first offer Green admits there are two schools that standout the most at this point in the recruiting cycle.
"Rice really stands out because of academics," the talented back said. "Academics are very important and I take my grades very seriously so I'm definitely looking at them for that. Another school I really like is SMU because I want to major in law and they talked to me about that quite a bit so far."
Besides academics Green hopes to find a school of which he can play a similar role to the one he plays for his Wildcats.
"I'd like to find something kind of like what we have here at Clear Creek," the speedy back said. "We run the spread so I'm kind of looking for something like that, somewhere I could not only line up in the backfield but also play some slot receiver as well."
While he awaits his first few offers Green acknowledges that he just wants to take his time and let the process play out while indicating that he's not holding himself to any kind of timeline as far as when he wants to have a decision made.
"I'm just being patient," he said. "I'm not really trying to rush anything."
Green expects that the offers could come any day now and feels that Rice could be close to offering.
"Coach Patterson has been telling me that all I have to do is run a 40 and catch a few balls and there should be an offer coming," he added.
But for now he just wants to take the summer months and use these 7-on7 tournaments as a tool to improve his game.
"This is fun," the talented running back said. "I really like doing this kind of stuff it's a lot of fun, plus it kind of shows you a little about what your team is going to look like skill position wise and it really helps you work on your hands. I have a lot I want to improve on this summer. I really want to get my feet quicker and build up my agility. Work on being a more efficient pass catcher."
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