Jalen Price, defensive tackle from Riverside High School in Williamston, NC is seeing his recruiting stock rise after an impressive junior season. The first two offers for Price came from in-state schools Elon and ECU. The two remain his only offers, but that could change soon.
“Recruiting has been fun because it lets me know I have options,” said the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Price. “Some recent schools to show me interest are Old Dominion, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke and Florida State.”
Right now it’s tough to tell which school interested could be close to offering Price.
ECU is a school he has been familiar with for a long time now. Price received his offer from defensive line coach Marc Yellock over a year ago when he had an impressive outing at one of the Pirates’ summer camps.
“My first time at ECU was at a camp,” said Price. “I was 15 and tried out some 1-on-1 drills. I matched up with a 6-foot-5 player and blew him up. When coach Yellock saw my explosiveness and ability he told me he would like to offer me a four-year scholarship.”
Since receiving the offer, Price has begun to develop a relationship with coaches at ECU. He recently attended a junior day at the school back in January where he got to tour the football facilities and get even more face time with the coaches.
Price has yet to see much of campus, but looks forward to seeing it when he eventually takes an official visit to ECU. As of right now, there is no signs of the relationship between the two sides faltering.
“I’ve been talking with ECU a lot,” said Price. “I keep in touch with a lot of coaches. Coach Yellock and (Head Coach) Ruffin McNeill really like to talk with me. ECU should be in my recruitment for the long haul.”
Price’s unique combination of talent, size and speed breed his success on the field. It is also a driving force behind his recruitment because of the tremendous upside he has.
Last season Price was a force in the middle of the line stopping the run. He finished with 50 total tackles (40 solo) and one tackle for loss. Although he spent most of his time at the defensive tackle position, Price believes he can plan anywhere on the field.
“I’m pretty much a hybrid player,” he said. “I can run down people and even chase down running backs. I can go vertical, I’m really explosive, and I like to pride myself in my chaotic style of play.”
Heading into his senior campaign Price is a firm believer that change could hurt him. Rather than focusing too much on changing up his technique, Price will spend the offseason running and staying in shape.
If it’s not broke don’t fix it, that cliché applies whole-heartedly to Price. If he continues to improve, more offers could be on the way.