Brenham (Texas) Blinn College is one season removed from a national championship run that was led by Cameron Newton, who went on to the win the Heisman Trophy at Auburn this past season. While the Buccaneers didn't have quite the same success this past year, the team looks like it could make another run in 2011.
One of the big reasons for the optimism is running back Marion Grice. The 6-foot, 210-pound bruising back was an all-conference selection this past season and will be relied upon heavily this upcoming year. He has seen his recruitment start early as well with an SEC offer already coming in.
"I was offered by Ole Miss," Grice said. "I had been talking to their coach through email and stuff and they decided they wanted to offer me. It came as a surprise to me but it was a good surprise for sure.
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"I have a teammate who just went there, Philander Moore. I'm going to have to talk to him about Ole Miss and see what he thinks about it out there."
Despite it still being extremely early for junior college recruiting, Grice is receiving other interest as well.
"My coach told me a lot of schools were going to come by and look at me," he said. "He hasn't really told me who just yet but he says a lot of schools are really interested in me. They like the way I run."
Grice says he is looking for an offense that can feature a big back and, because of that, he has two schools in which he is very interested.
"I like Oklahoma," he said. "I really like their program and their offense. I also like Wisconsin. It seems like they always have bigger backs that do well. I run downhill and am hard to bring down but I can do other things too. I don't have to just be one-dimensional."
Grice was lightly-recruiting coming out of Aldine (Texas) Nimitz in 2010 because he says colleges all knew he would have to go the junior college route. However, he formed a potent backfield with current Oregon standout Josh Huff. Grice says he looks forward to seeing what opportunities he has this time around.
"I just want to see who all is interested in me," he said. "I want to see what options I have and then make the best decision for me."