"Ole Miss offered me last night," added Joe Price before today's practice at Madison Central. "Coach (Derrick) Nix called and we talked a little bit. He told me there was no pressure from me to make a decision. He just said for me to do what is best for me and my family. "I told him thanks for not putting any pressure on me. I appreciated that. In February I will sign with whoever is best for me."
Coaches Houston Nutt and Derrick Nix for Ole Miss scouted Joe the Friday before last and left impressed.
"He told me that I fit into their program perfectly. They only have one other running back with some speed, Jeff Scott, and he told me he needs two of those type running backs. He said he also needed a running back with some speed that could run between the tackles like Dexter McCluster did for them. Coach Nix said that I have speed and he likes the way I run between the tackles. He asked me to promise him that I would work hard when I got up there and I told him I would."
What does Joe like about Ole Miss up to this point?
"I like their facilities and their campus. I like how everything is on their campus. I have never talked to their head coach so I do not know too much about him."
Price has seen his role increase on the offensive side of the ball for the Madison Central team in recent weeks. Against Warren Central he ran for a career high 252 yards and 5 TD's and last week he rushed for 94 yards and 2 TD's against Vicksburg in the first half alone.
"I think it increased because I have been working hard at practice and running the ball hard. Coach (Bobby) Hall told me for me to get more carries I would have to start running the ball hard so that is what I did. I have to give credit to our offensive line because they have been making the holes for me to run through."
Joe committed to MSU last week. Where does he now stand?
"I am still committed to them, but on signing day if another school can show me more interest, I will sign with them. But right now, I am still committed to MSU."
State was the first school to offer Price and that has gone a long ways.
"The reason I committed to MSU is because they took a chance on me when nobody else would. Coach Mullen came and scouted me and said he was going to get back with me in a couple of days with an offer, and he did, so I took it."
Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org