August 27, 2010

Price looks to build offer list

MADISON, Miss. - When people talk about Madison (Central), Miss., football, the first player mentioned is Tobias Singleton, Rivals.com's No. 3 player in Mississippi. A large part of Madison Central's recent success, however, is thanks to Joe Price. Like Singleton, the 5-foot-9, 174-pound Price is most well-known for his speed.

Price camped at Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Troy, and Southern Illinois this summer, and he believes his breakout performance came in Norman, Okla.

"When I went to Oklahoma, I caught a lot of people's eye because I ran a 4.28 (hand time unofficially) in the forty," Price said. "(Oklahoma) wanted me to play (defensive back) and it was something I never did. I played (defense), but what caught their eye more was that I can run routes."

Price has played running back his entire life, but Madison Central coach Bobby Hall believes Price could most likely gain scholarship offers as a defensive back. Price admitted he was hesitant to make the defensive move, though he's begun to adjust to life on both sides of the ball and knows his football future likely lies on defense.

"I think when I go to college, the next thing I'm going to play is defensive back.

"When I first started (playing defense), I didn't like it. But I caught on to it and now I'm coming along and getting used to it. It's so easy, Price noted. "I can go back and forth now. I can run and get my body conditioned so I can go backwards and forwards, I like it."

Ole Miss' Derrick Nix is in charge of Price's recruitment, and the Rebel running backs coach apparently wants Price in his own film room, although to this point UM hasn't offered.

"Ole Miss, they say they want me to come up there and play running back," said Price. "That's what I would like to do, go to college and play running back, but anyone who would offer me to play anything, I'm ready to go compete."

Current Rebels Bryon Bennett and Carlton Martin are Madison Central alums, and Price has stayed in touch with the true freshmen in order to gain some inside perspective about Ole MIss.

"I talked to Bryon and he said I should come up there and play because he said it's pretty awesome up there," Price added. "I talked to Carlton, when I went up there I saw him with some new (Ole Miss) clothes on, so I know they've got it pretty good up there."

Not only teammates, Singleton and Price are close friends off the gridiron.

"We're good friends and he's a good teammate," Price said as he crossed his fingers. "We're like this, together every day. He's the best thing to have in the locker room and on the field. When things aren't going right for me, he will come over and tell me 'I got you man, don't worry about nothing and keep playing hard because everything will come out right.'"

Aside from his pending scholarship offers, Price is looking for his team's season to 'come out right' with a state championship. Madison Central lost to South Panola in the 6A semifinals last season.

"When we make it up there to North State and play South Panola, it's going to be a battle the whole game," Price proclaimed. "It ain't going to be one quarter and they've already won, we're going to fight them through the whole game."

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