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CU Buffs get pledge from 4-star WR Brenden Rice

Star from Arizona the son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice

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He has a famous name and a legendary father, but Brenden Rice is carving out his own impressive path in football.

On Tuesday, the four-star receiver from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., gave his verbal commitment to join the Colorado Buffaloes’ 2020 football recruiting class.

The son of Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, Brenden chose the Buffs over Arizona State, Michigan and Oregon. According to Rivals.com, he has 22 scholarship offers, including from 10 Pac-12 schools (all but Stanford and Washington).

The 6-foot-2 Rice, has a four-star rating from Rivals.com and a three-star rating from 247Sports.com. At 247Sports, he’s rated the nation’s No. 70 receiver prospect for 2020 and the No. 12 overall player in Arizona.

“Colorado was the pick for me because of the environment I felt out there; it’s different,” Rice told 247Sports.com. “I see what coach Mel Tucker’s vision is and I have a vision for myself, and I want to be a part of building that program up and what he’s doing there.”

According to MaxPreps.com, Rice has 28 catches for 450 yards and four touchdowns this season at Hamilton, which is 7-1.

CU now has 19 players committed for the 2020 class, including three receivers: Rice, Chris Carpenter of Jacksonville, Tex., and Keith Miller of The Colony, Tex.