May 8, 2011

Keep an eye on Price for '13

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The talent in the 2012 class at Austintown (Ohio) Fitch High School has been well documented. Fitch boasts three big time players in the class in running back Will Mahone and twin athletes Demetrious and Chris Davis. The flow of talent coming out of the program doesn't stop there, however, as the Falcons also have one of the top rising juniors in Ohio in two-way lineman Billy Price. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect is already receiving heavy interest from college programs.

"So far, Ohio State for sure, Michigan State, West Virginia, and Alabama," said Price of the schools that are showing early interest. "My favorite schools right now are Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Alabama, and Texas."

Price was a dominant force for the Falcons at both defensive end and offensive tackle as a sophomore and is already starting to see his stock soar.

"This year I was just trying to get my feet wet," he explained. "The speed of the game is a lot faster at the varsity level. The guys are a lot bigger, stronger, and faster. There were games that I didn't do as good as I think I could have but there were also some games that I thought I did real well. I did really well against Canton McKinley going up against guys like Steve Miller and Se'von Pittman. I thought I handled that situation really well."

His quick rise in the recruiting world has been a humbling experience for someone who was just happy to be getting his first taste of varsity football.

"With all the recent attention and stuff I just have to thank the people around me," he said. "My family is just an awesome family and they keep me down to earth. The coaching staff at Fitch; they're all wonderful guys and they push me to be the best that I can. It's a very humbling situation and I'm very honored to be getting looked at by these schools."

Price also credits playing alongside the aforementioned trio of rising senior superstars as a big reason that some of the best college programs in the nation are already showing interest.

"Without those three I don't think I would be where I'm at right now because I'm on their (highlight) tapes," Price explained. "Whenever they have a big run I'm on there and I'm blocking for them. Without those guys, my exposure wouldn't be the same."

Now that Price is well known name in Ohio recruiting circles, he realizes that the bar has been raised in terms of the expectations that will be put on him. With that being said, Price and his teammates are prepared to have the target on their backs this fall and are ready to rise to the challenge.

"All I'm hearing right now is nothing less than a (championship) ring, but that's just talk," Price said. "Obviously you are going to have to do it on the field but our expectations are very high. Our coaches are real amped up about getting back to regionals and not letting what happened last year happen again."

So far this off-season Price hasn't been active on the camp and combine circuit as he focuses on track and field. Price is a legitimate contender to make it to state championships in both the discus and shot put but as track season starts to wind down, he will be hitting the camps hard.

"Right now I'm trying to focus on my track season, I like to focus on one sport at a time if I can," he said. "Over the summer I want to go to the Michigan State camp, the Ohio State camp, and I'm thinking about going to Notre Dame and possibly Alabama."

Price is also planning to attend the Nike Camp at Ohio State on May 21st.


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