January 17, 2011

Is Price right for the Bucks?

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Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills linebacker Ejuan Price was in no hurry to make a college selection with a final three of Ohio State, Iowa and Rutgers but on Monday he decided to end the suspense of it all. The 6-foot-0, 235 pound three star pulled the trigger for the Buckeyes and now is the 21st member of the 2011 recruiting class.

Price is a top-20 player from the Keystone State and considered to be an underrated value on the board. As a junior Price racked up 107 tackles with 32 going for loss and 11 sacks. He will join a talented linebacker recruiting class for Ohio State that already includes Conner Crowell and Ryan Shazier.

The newest Buckeye was no stranger on the Ohio State campus during the summer and fall camps for Ohio State making visits to check things out. Price visited Ohio State the weekend of December 17th and was recruited primarily by linebacker coach Luke Fickell.

Price never really embraced the spotlight of recruiting updates and remained relatively quiet during the process but had admitted post announcement that he is happy to be done with the recruiting aspect of his life and now can focus on the remained of his senior year.

The Buckeyes have made a living over the past several years of recruiting the neighbor to the east and landing several top players from Pennsylvania. Price marks the first member of the recruiting class from the Keystone State and likely will be the only one in the class of 2011. The Buckeyes have set their sights on several players in subsequent classes however.

Ohio State is not done with the linebacker position in 2011 however with eyes set on both Curtis Grant and James Vaughters and could take one or both depending on interest from each player. It is believed that Price's decision will have no bearing overall on what either other prospect decides.

We will be catching up with Price later this afternoon to get the rare interview and find out what went into making his decision and why now was the right time to decide for the Buckeyes.


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