September 2, 2011

Ruston's Brice leaning towards Tech

MONROE, La. - He was an Missouri Tiger, but now all signs point to one of the top cover corners in the south staying close to home and playing for Sonny Dykes and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

Kentrell Brice is a 6-1, 178-pound cover corner out of Ruston High School. Initially committed to the Missouri Tigers, Brice reopened his recruiting process recently and all signs point to him possibly committing to Louisiana Tech in the not so distant future.

However, first things first for the hard-hitting defensive back as he and his Ruston Bearcats opened up the 2011 season against Neville (Note: Neville defeated Ruston 42-6).

"I wanted to win of course," Brice said "But I was also excited because I was able to get some really big hits in and that is always fun as a defensive player. You gotta bring the pain if you are a defensive player. Opposing teams are really surprised when they see me out there because they really don't expect a cornerback to be able to hit that hard.

"I try to bring it every day and every play."

Brice pointed to some personal reasons for changing the commitment away from Missouri and said things have changed in his life that has pointed him in the direction of staying close to home.

"There were a lot of reasons for wanting to be close to home and staying here," Brice said. "I have a lot of family and friends that I want to see me play and I just want to continue to be around. Family is a very important thing in my life and I want to be involved in my family. I also have some other special people in my life that I want to continue to have in my life. So that was one of the biggest reasons for decommitting from Missouri.

"I haven't officially committed to (Louisiana) Tech yet, but I am really on the verge. I am really really close. Right now I am just trying to make sure that my mind is focused in on my Ruston team and helping us have the kind of senior season that we want. College wise I am considered a very big lean to Louisiana Tech. I am just trying to get better in every aspect of my game right now so I can be the best player for Ruston High School that I can be. College can wait. We all know that it is going to be there. But right now I play for Ruston."

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