Class of 2016 recruit Jalen Price out of Riverside High School (Williamston, NC) committed to East Carolina in June. Price was recruited by assistant coaches John Wiley and but also had multiple positive conversations with former head coach Ruffin McNeill.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defenisve tackle was sitting in class just two Friday’s ago when he found out that McNeill was relieved of his duties and the news took Price by surprise, the lineman said that he had to look it up to make sure that it was true.
Price said that he plans to stay committed to ECU but the first thing he wants to do is check in with the Pirates and make sure that his offer is still on the table. The senior said that while that is his main plan he is also still looking at all of his options. Price is also currently talking with Boston College, Elon University, Georgia Southern and Wake Forest.
The lineman said that the Ruffin McNeill’s staff was a plus but it didn’t play a huge role in his commitment.
Price also said that a good coaching staff is important factor. The 2016 recruit hasn’t had the opportunity with to talk with the newly hired Scottie Montgomery.
“I think that with him being young can add a lot of energy to the team because he’s going to want to get up and go and he is going to get up and go,” Price said.
Price is well aware of Montgomery’s past playing and coaching experiences and that may also play a role when the two begin to build a relationship.
“It helps but the most important thing to me is having a lot of experience and being able to coach me,” Price explained. “It doesn’t matter how good of connections he has because if I am good enough and he coaches me up to be that good I can have them come instead of them being called.”