In the end, record-setting quarterback Sean Price of Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South High School said it came down to loyalty as the reason he picked Central Michigan.
"I talked to (CMU head) coach (Brian) Kelly about 4:30 this afternoon and told him I was committing to CMU," Price said. "I guess he was so excited he almost drove off the road."
Price, who chose CMU over archrival Western Michigan and Illinois State, had visited WMU this past weekend.
"Coach Kelly stayed with me the whole time during the recruiting process," Price said. "I also like the (offensive) system at CMU. Western was nice, but I just felt more comfortable at CMU."
The 6-foot-2 Price, who doesn't turn 18 until August, just completed a three-year varsity career that saw him set Illinois state records for career passing yardage (8,162) and career touchdown passes (93). He was named the 2003 Illinois Player of the Year after throwing for 4,752 yards and 55 touchdowns last season, leading Maine South to the Class 8A (big school) state title.
This season, although Price missed five games after suffering a broken collarbone, he still passed for more than 2,500 yards and 29 TDs. He returned during the playoffs to lead Maine South to the state title game where they lost to Downers Grove North.
Price said he will arrive at CMU this summer ready to compete.
"Coach Kelly told me to be ready right away," Price said. "I'm excited and looking forward to competing for playing time."
Price becomes the second quarterback and 18th overall verbal commitment in the Chippewas 2005 recruiting class.
Chippewas Win Recruiting Battle for Price
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