Hamilton’s Brenden Rice Discusses Colorado Commitment

Hamilton wide receiver Brenden Rice has been one of the most sought-after recruits in the state by multiple big-name programs.

On Tuesday, he made his commitment to Colorado over fellow finalists ASU, Oregon and Michigan. 

In 30 career varsity games, Rice has brought in 102 catches, 1,738 yards and 22 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver transformed his game going into his senior season. After head coach Mike Zdebski’s guidance, Rice took up track in the offseason. He shaved a second off his 100-meter speed and that’s translated to the gridiron.

“(Colorado) is getting a big and fast, hard-working young man,” Zdebski said. 

“He has the ability to adapt to what needs to be taught and how to do it. I think for any player that moves on, you have to continue to work on the details. Sometimes you’ll see kids not make it at the next level because they peaked. As long as he hasn’t peaked and he continues to work extremely hard, he’ll be extremely successful.”

The Buffaloes are hoping Rice can be the first of multiple Arizona commitments in this class. Colorado hasn’t earned a commitment from a Grand Canyon State player since 2017, but are in the mix for Higley stars Jason Harris and Alex Lines in addition to Rice.

Rice sat down with Jordan Hamm on the Venezia’s Pizzeria Recruiting Roundup to discuss his commitment, how the Hamilton community helped him to get to where he is and what the word nameless means to him.

Mixing his passions for sports and storytelling, Jordan comes to Sports360az as a multimedia reporter/producer looking to share the best stories Arizona has to offer. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @JordyHamm