JUCO LB Lonnie Rice says Syracuse is one of his ‘top schools’ after offer

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JUCO transfer Lonnie Rice has been busy since he’s entered the transfer portal in November.

The Lackawanna (PA) CC linebacker/EDGE has received more than 10 offers, including from FIU, Charlotte, Georgia State, Morgan State and Kent State. Syracuse extended an offer over the weekend, which has definitely caught Rice’s attention.

“I was pumped up,” Rice said in an interview with The Juice Online. “It’s been a long time coming I’ve been in contact with Syracuse since I was 16 so I was honestly shocked.”

That longstanding connection has the Orange in good position for Rice.

“Right now, (Syracuse is) one of my top schools,” Rice said. “And also a very favorable one.”

Rice was a three-star linebacker out in the 2019 cycle out of Wyncote, PA, and played at nearby Buffalo before transferring to Lackawanna.

He has three years of eligibility remaining, and will be taking an official visit to Syracuse this weekend after taking an unofficial visit back in April.

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“I’m looking for to just connecting with the staff the most,” Rice said. “And just getting a feel for the program so I can vision myself in the orange every year.”

While Rice doesn’t have a set timeline for a decision, one could be coming soon.

“Honestly, I’m not sure yet,” Rice said. “But it might be sooner than a lot think. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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