Earlier this year, Brenden Rice, the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, announced the decision to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal.
Though he was initially considering a return to play for the Colorado Buffaloes in 2022, one phone call from new USC head coach Lincoln Riley was enough to help him make his final decision.
Rice is set to play for the historic Trojans program, he announced back in January.
“I’m like, ‘Wow, OK,’” Rice said, per 247Sports. “I get a couple other calls, but as soon as you heard Lincoln call, you just had to go. Especially with like USC and its big name. You gotta come. You have to. Man, it was quick. I was shocked.”
Rice joined the Colorado program as a four-star recruit in the 2020 class. Through his first two collegiate seasons, he reeled in 27 receptions for 419 yards and five touchdowns.
Now, Rice will get the chance to flourish under a high-powered offense led by Riley and former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams.
"I mean, just getting adjusted to everything, learning the difference between offenses, and I'm trying to compare and contrast and trying to get a real feel for the quarterback situation," Rice said. "It's amazing though, just like seeing how everything develops over the stage that we're in, and then seeing guys coming together, I'm getting a feel out there for how these plays are ran, where I'm gonna get the ball, where I'm gonna have to do a little extra within my routes to really get open. I'm just thankful."
Rice is one of the many additions that gives Lincoln Riley and his USC program the No. 2 transfer portal class in the nation -- including one five-star, four four-stars and eight three-stars.