LB Nick Uretsky is No. 1 at Rice

Few players are equally productive on the football field and in the classroom like Nick Uretsky (San Antonio/Alamo Heights). The inside linebacker has scored a 27 on his ACT and a 1920 on his SAT. He also has retaken the SAT and is looking to surpass the 2000 mark.

Uretsky makes it a habit to prove that he’s not the stereotypical jock. On the flip side, when he’s on the football field, he’s out to prove he’s not just the average smart guy. His 172 tackles as a junior serve as a strong evidence.

Uretsky decided to mesh academics and athletics late last week when he verbally committed to Rice. A 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker, Uretsky chose Rice over offers from Texas State and Division III McMurry, in addition to interest from Colorado State, UTEP, North Texas, New Mexico and Ivy League schools Harvard, Yale and Cornell.

Additionally, Uretsky became the first commit of Rice’s 2013 recruiting class.

“It just had everything I wanted from a college,” Uretsky said of Rice. “With all the effort I’ve put in the classroom, I knew I wanted to get a great degree. I also wanted to play close to home. It really was a perfect medium.”

Recruited by offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek, Uretsky made the trip to Rice on Monday. He said the Owls offered him their only linebacker spot of the 2013 class. Uretsky, a middle linebacker at Alamo Heights, was offered last Thursday and accepted the offer the next day.

“They said they were considering taking me as a strong safety, but they gave me the one linebacker spot. That meant a lot,” Uretsky said. “I know they run a 4-2-5 as a base defense, which could transition a linebacker into a safety spot, but I like playing the middle.”

Uretsky committed as a two-time all-district and academic all-district player. He also was a rare commodity in track and field in the spring, participating in the shot put and discus as well as being a member of the Alamo Heights sprint relay teams.

Academically, Uretsky said he’s looking to pursue a degree either in engineering or business. He’s also considering pre-med.