Sean Ceglinsky over at CBS Sports wrote an interesting article on UCLA’s receiver of the future, Jerry Rice Jr.
The son of hall of famer, Jerry Rice, who is widely considered the best receiver of all time, faces many of the same obstacles as his dad.
He is small, 5-foot-10, 185-pounds, and underrated which means he will have to overcome by sure willpower.
[testimonial]“Every time I get a chance, I try to make a play, that’s the way I was raised,” Rice Jr. said. “I’m out there competing, all of us receivers here at UCLA are pushing each other and we’re getting better as a group. Anything can happen in this game, so I’m always ready to play. My goal is to keep my head up and keep grinding. My time will come if I keep working hard.”[/testimonial]
That time may be a ways off considering there are 7 receivers ahead of him.
UCLA has always been at the top of the class in recruiting talented wide receivers. This year is no different with 3 returning seniors, 2 juniors, and 2 sophomores, including Shaquelle Evans, a top prospect transferring to UCLA.
Still, he has skills.
[testimonial]“Come on Jerry, make a play,” Neuheisel shouts toward the underclassman.
He uses a quick stutter step at the line of scrimmage to create some much-needed separation from the cornerback. A head-and-shoulders fake freezes the linebacker at the second level. An uncanny burst of speed follows as he blows by the safety. Seconds later, Rice Jr. is in the end zone, snatching the pass out of mid-air while keeping both feet in bounds for a touchdown.[/testimonial]
If you read the full article, Jerry Rice Jr. is intent on carving his own path at UCLA, you get the sense that Junior is a superstar waiting to happen.
Here’s to hoping for him to have a stellar career at UCLA!