Peach County HS
No. 13 DE in Georiga, three stars
Committed on June 8, 2014
Price’s Recruitment: Early on it was South Florida making a big push for Price with the Bulls jumping in with the first offer. Price developed a relationship with defensive line coach Eric Mathies, but USF couldn’t capitalize on an early attempt to close the deal. From there Price picked up offers from Duke, Central Florida, Virginia, Cincinnati, and Kentucky. That last offer from the Wildcats actually surprised him since “I wasn't talking to Kentucky at all."
By early May Price had visited Duke and was openly declaring the Blue Devils as his leader. Then, during the second week of June, Price announced his commitment via Twitter.
We caught up with the future Blue Devil a little more than a week later at Peach County High for a sit-down interview with the player and his coaching staff.
One of the first things a Peach County coach said about Price was, "Marquies has always been about academics. They mean a lot to him and that is one part of his decision to choose Duke."
Price carded 76 tackles and five caused fumbles over his final two seasons.
Early Impact: The defensive line is a position of need as the Blue Devils continue to search for any semblance of a pass rush. Price, like most incoming freshmen, will need to add weight and strength, but with questions facing the Duke defensive front, there’s a chance he can at least push for a listing on the two-deep in 2015 - whether or not he actually saw game time is an entirely different conversation and will depend on the positional changes and depth chart evolution for Dukes.
Scout Take: Price’s game is built on a high level of speed and athleticism which he combines with a quick first step to lose blockers and pursue the ball. He’s not quite as good in the pass rush, but should be able to cause problems on the outside thanks to his quickness. If he can add the strength and improve his reads, he may push for a spot in the two-deep.
“Price is an athletic end who has a great frame. He will continue to fill out his frame and add good strength in the Duke weight program. He flashes a good first step off the ball and he is best against the run. He uses his length to his advantage to shed blocks and to set the edge. Price always plays hard and he is good in pursuit. He can improve his pad level, moves as a pass rusher, and hand placement.” - Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst.