By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn wide receiver Logan Rice had some advice for his Top 10 recruiting-tight-end brother when he showed up on campus.
"Really, I started off with Haley Center because it's hard to find your classes there," Rice said. "I had to explain to him Haley Center, but, besides that, he had it all figured out."
Brother Landon Rice had the football part figured out a long time ago. The first commitment in Auburn's 2016 signing class, Rice and eight other players enrolled in January and will be part of spring practice when it begins Tuesday.
Landon Rice, scholarship in hand, comes to Auburn as a 6-foot-5, 246-pound tight end from Rome, Ga., who played the last two seasons up the road from Rome at Calhoun High School. Logan Rice, the now redshirt sophomore walk-on, is a 6-0, 208 wide receiver.
"He got the height somewhere. Clearly, I didn't get it," Logan joked.
Logan Rice, who played in one Auburn game last season, was once a high school quarterback who threw passes to his brother at Darlington School in Rome. Now, they're together again.
"Auburn preaches family, and it's kind of unique that my family is actually here. It's an awesome experience," he said.
The Rice brothers arrived at Auburn like this: "We came to the Auburn-Georgia game my senior year," Logan said. "He was a recruit. I was a recruit. At that game I was offered as a preferred walk-on. He was already being recruited with a scholarship. That offer for me being on the table, and an opportunity playing with my brother, I couldn't turn that down."
Landon Rice could be a legitimate blocking tight end with the ability to catch passes. He's big enough to do both.
"Hopefully I can bring all three phases of the tight end position," Landon Rice said. "I played H-back, tight end and the 'Y' in high school. That's what they run at Auburn. Hopefully, I can speed up the offense because they won't have to change personnel. You can throw me out there and I can run H-back, tight end and the 'Y ' position. I block pretty well and catch pretty well."
That would fit Gus Malzahn's hurry-up offense.
"I'm more of the hands-down tight end, and that helps out in the running game, and, also, to set the edge and be able to block a defensive end by myself. I feel like that fits by game."
Oh, yeah. That brotherly advice.
"I told him it was different than high school. It's tougher," Logan Rice said. "You've got to be more mentally focused on the details. He'll do well with that."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine