Hamilton High School wide receiver Brenden Rice has big things ahead of him.

Physical off the line and a big target, Rice is the next mammoth recruiting talent coming out of the 2020 Arizona recruiting class.

"He should be one of the best in the country, if not the best," said Hamilton head coach Mike Zdebski.

"Honestly, I haven't been focusing on that as much, about that nation and recruiting and all that because at the end of the day, I'm going to go out and try to do what I can do for my team and try to focus on what I can do to help my team, just develop everything I can do to help my team get to the win,” said Rice.

He was born to play receiver and having the name Rice is a lot to live up to. His father, Jerry Rice, is the greatest receiver ever. Brenden embraces his dad's legacy but is determined to make his own.

"With the whole Rice name, and all that, I truly look at myself as another one like everybody else. I have to earn my status. Success is not inherited, it's earned so like, that’s the motto I go by every day,” said Brenden.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Sports in Arizona]

Having an iconic father, Brenden soaks up all the advice possible about playing receiver and the game. Unfortunately, their relationship is a distant one.

"I try to focus on the positive. He texts me time and time. We do see each other from time to time and try to grow a better relationship," Brenden said.

But Brenden has the great support of his stepfather Rick Cunningham who pushes him. There was no slowing him down in the summer, taking another step physically.

"I've been in the weight room working on upper body, lower body, just trying to make sure I can get off the line and make the routes and deep cuts so my body is ready to go,” said Rice.

Brendan has a variety of mentors helping shape his game. They're all over the place, even down the street on Arizona Avenue in former Chandler High state and current Arizona State University standout N’Keal Harry.

"My dad actually contacted him and went to go see him. He took a picture with him. And the next thing you know, they started talking about me and all that and N’Keal said he knew of me. So I saw him one day at ASU. We talked about skills at wide receiver and all that,” said Brenden.

Is a husky and a wolf suppose to get along?

"It’s family, always. We're from the same city, family," said Brenden.

Having tremendous support, every game Brenden plays, he's following a path of greatness, one he might never fulfill. But he's motivated to achieve what he wants to be.

"The greatest of all-time," said Brenden.

Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2018 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


Recommended for you