Zach Rice, a 5-star offensive tackle from the Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia, committed to North Carolina on Thursday.
#BREAKING: The No. 1 OT in the country Zach Rice has committed to coach Mack Brown and @UNCFootball 🔥🐏 “I will be a program changer.” @od_zach 🔥 https://t.co/cRQ1mwUCNO
Rice chose North Carolina over Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Virginia.
The 6’6″, 282-pound Rice is considered the No. 9 prospect in the country, the top offensive tackle and the top player from the state of Virginia, per 247Sports.
Brian Dohn of the recruiting website offered the following scouting report on Rice:
“Agile and high-level athlete. Moves well in space. Plays with attitude and nastiness. Strong at point of attack and uses his lower body strength well. Initial punch is forceful and plays with heavy hands. Once engaged remains locked on and drives legs. Finishes blocks well. … Is patient in pass pro and does not lunge often. Consistency with hand placement needed. Has to continue to work on bend to be more consistent with sinking hips and winning leverage battle. Has to refine kick step. Multi-year starter at top 10 program. NFL first-round potential.”