Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern head coach Daryl Daye has announced another addition to his 2012 football recruiting class.
Devon Dace is a 5-11, 190 pound defensive back that transfers to Southern from Division I University of Rhode Island. Dace was a college teammate with incoming transfer Travis Hurd. At Rhode Island, Dace was a three-year starter for the Rams before injuring his shoulder early in his senior season. He received a medical hardship and will have one year of eligibility for the Lions.
Dace played in six games as a junior, recording 15 tackles, nine solo. In his career at URI, he played in 19 games with 41 tackles, 25 solo and 2.5 tackles for a loss of 11 yards. He added one interception and two passes broken up.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Dace prepped at Webster Groves High School where he played four years of football, track and basketball. As a senior, he hauled in 31 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns. He was an All-Metro and All-Conference pick, while also returning five punts for 66 yards and 16 tackles (11 solo) and an interception. In track and field, Dace was a member of a state finalist 4x400m relay team.
After graduation, Dace attended Salisbury Prep School in Connecticut, before moving on to Rhode Island. He is the son of Shawn and Stephanie Dace.