Price's Recruitment Could Signal Change

ASU's offensive woes of 2008 could necessitate an alteration in offensive philosophy. Consequently, in recent weeks the Sun Devils have intensified the recruiting of St. John Bosco's (Calif.) quarterback Keith Price. The dual-threat signal caller is scheduled to visit Tempe this week and talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment with the Sun Devils and his other suitors.

"Arizona State was sending me some mail here and there earlier in the year," said the 6-2 175 Keith Price. "But they ended up having a quarterback committing (Brock Osweiler) because they were gonna run like a west coast offense where you have a 6-4 quarterback under center. You know, the prototype quarterback…

"They ended up hearing a lot about me and reading a lot of stuff, because my stock started to kind of soar. So three weeks ago they started recruiting me again and told me that they're looking for a quarterback that can not only throw the ball but run the ball and give the offense another dimension. They told me that they were gonna run more of a spread offense and that I could fit in real nice and make a serious impact real early."

The Braves finished 7-3 on the year, but in a tough Trinity League that wasn't enough for them to qualify for post-season play. Price's numbers on the year were impressive as he completed 71.5% of his passes (143 of 200) for 2,260 yards, 24 TDs and six interceptions. He was second in his league to only to USC commit and Mater Dai signal caller Matt Barkley.

On the ground Price collected 579 yards on 119 carries and scored ten times. He paced the Braves in all three of those categories.

"I'm the type of quarterback that always finds a way to make a play," said Price of his attributes. "Sometimes I'll be doing some crazy stuff but still making the play."

Price doesn't hold an offer from the Sun Devils, but said that he expected that offer to come once he and teammate Will Shamburger will visit ASU this Saturday. He added that Shamburger, who's being recruited by the Sun Devils as an athlete would also probably be getting a formal offer from the Devils this weekend.

"Me and Will know each other since pre-school," noted Price. "It would be a dream come true if we both ended up in the same school."

The quarterback added that Shamburger was recruited just a bit earlier than he was, but that ASU has been showing strong interest in both ever since.

Aside from Washington, Nevada, Washington State, San Diego State and Utah all have offered. He did visit Oregon in mid-November but currently doesn't hold an offer from the Ducks.

"Oregon is recruiting me hard now and I really liked my visit up there," said Price. "The facilities there were amazing. They have a good in offense with coach (Chip) Kelly and their offense is the best in the Pac-10."

Price, who's being recruited by ASU's recruiting coordinator and safeties coach Matt Lubick, said that so far he's been impressed with the maroon and gold. "The Pac-10 may be down this year, but Arizona State is a great program," stated Price. "Coach Erickson is one of the best coaches in the nation. I'm looking for a coaching stability and Arizona State has that."

Coaching stability was also the reason that Price, who committed to ASU's Pac-10 foe Washington back in July (was in fact the school's first commit of the 2009 class), has declared himself a soft commit to the Huskies.

Naturally, he's aware of the imminent official announcement that USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will be named the new head coach in Seattle, and while that doesn't change his pledge to a solid one it certainly doesn't eliminate the Huskies as a possible destination.

"I'm gonna wait until coach Sarkisian gets hired and talk to him and see how I fit in the offense," explained Price. "I'm planning to visit them after he gets hired and I'm probably not gonna make any decisions before I check them out."

Price indicated that he could be also visiting Washington State before after the Huskies.

The quarterback didn't name any favorites among his suitors and stated that at this point he just wants to compare all the programs pursuing him through his official visits.

"I'm gonna look to see how a school wants to use me in their offense. I want to be a big time serious Pac-10 quarterback," said Price. "I'm looking for a good program that has a good coaching stability."


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