October 14, 2011
Grice Excited About Decision
On Thursday Texas A&M added some insurance against any possible departure that junior running back Christine Michael might make. Michael is seen as a player that has a good chance at jumping to the NFL after this season and that move could have created a depth problem for the Aggies as they make the move over to the Southeastern Conference. Blinn (TX) College running back Marion Grice joined teammates Logan David who is a defensive tackle and Eddie Porter who is a linebacker as verbal commits to the Aggies in the 2012 class and if you are looking to replace a top notch back on your team, one way to go about it is landing another top notch back.
Grice had taken the trip last week with Porter to check out the campus in College Station and he liked what he saw from the Aggies.
"Last week when me and Porter went over there was really my first trip over to A&M as a football guy," said the four-star back. "I had been to their place before when I used to played basketball but never to the football facilities. I really liked the place a lot."
Despite the initial reaction to want to commit to the Aggies, Grice wanted to get a chance to sit and get his family's opinion on his next step in life.
"I got to sit down and talk to everybody in my family and we talked about the school and I really like the opportunity there is to play at Texas A&M," he said Thursday night. "They are happy I will still be close to home and that they will get to come see me play still."
Even though he feels like his time at Blinn has taught him a lot about football as well as life and growing up, it wasn't the path he would have chosen at one point. Now looking back, he wouldn't change it.
"Texas A&M was a school that I always wanted to play at," said Grice. "Even though I wouldn't have chosen the junior college route, now looking back it has all worked out so well, so I can't complain about that. I think I have learned a lot since I got here."
Most of the speculation about Michael's departure is wildly known and Grice admits that the coaches discussed it some with him and regardless of Michael's decision Grice knows he just has to work hard to see the field next season.
"They have told me that either way if he leaves or stays that I will get the shot at playing time next year," he said. "They said I just need to come in and learn the offense and I will get to play next year.
Grice sees the opportunity to continue his career with two other teammates as a special one that will help all three of them stay grounded and focused.
"It is going to be a good thing, said Grice of joining his teammates in College Station. "We all know each other already and have played together so it will be nice to have those guys with me over there next year. We can look out for each other and keep each other in line over there."
Grice has rushed for 650 yards through Blinn's first six games this season and has found the endzone 10 times already. He has also caught eight passes for 135 yards and two more scores. Blinn is ranked as the number one team in the most recent NJCAA polls and puts their perfect record on the line against Trinity Valley Community College Saturday.
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