While many of the 2007 high school prospects are known across the country, Killeen (Texas) Harker Heights wide receiver Nick Trice can claim an international reputation.
During his freshman and sophomore years, the 6-foot-2, 183-pounder started his varsity football career at Heidelberg American High School in Germany. During his sophomore season he was an all-European selection. Before last season, after moving to the Lone Star state, Trice was named the No. 1 player to watch in his area.
Coach Ross Rogers says it was looking like one of the biggest stories in the state before unlucky moment.
"He had this great learning curve from Europe, he went to the NIKE (Training Camp) up at Penn State, and colleges already knew about this great frame standing at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds," Rogers said about the first part of Trice's career. "For getting used to Texas football, he was doing well."
"Then he tears his knee up in the last scrimmage that we had. He went from there to getting surgery and getting rehabbed."
Rogers says that the young Trice is pushing to get himself back for track this spring, but that is all up to his rehabilitation process.
Not only in talent, but with similar circumstances, Rogers compares Trice to another well known player that walked the halls at Harker Heights.
"Dominique Zeigler had the exact same surgery, we didn't do much with him in the spring, and he turned out just fine," Rogers said. "Nick is a good looking kid with great grades. I'd say he's about 85 percent back to full strength now, so he's not far off."
There has been no shortage of interest in Trice regardless of his injury.
"I've got everybody from Oklahoma State and pretty much the whole Big 12 asking about him," Rogers said. "Even teams in the SEC and Big Ten like Ohio State have asked about him. Vanderbilt, Duke, Texas Tech, Florida State, all of them have said they like what they've seen."
Rogers says that the lack of exposure in spring certainly doesn't help things and the only highlight tape he has is from overseas. His hard work on an off the field should off-set all of that come summer.
"He has the grades and that will keep him on the list with these programs for a while," Rogers said about Trice.