Price Commits To Buckeyes

If there was a theme that stood out for what Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was able to accomplish when rounding out the 2012 class, it was the amount of top talent he was able to stockpile along the defensive line. That trend continued for the 2013 class when Bill Price issued OSU a verbal commitment.

If there was a theme that stood out for what Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was able to accomplish when rounding out the 2012 class, it was the amount of top talent he was able to stockpile along the defensive line.

Now working on the 2013 class – the first Buckeye class he'll complete entirely on his own – that trend continued when he landed his third verbal commitment from Youngstown (Ohio) Fitch defensive tackle Billy Price.

"I talked to my family about it and I was just comfortable there," Price told BSB. "It is a family-oriented place and academics are very, very strong and I believe it was the right time for me to go ahead and commit."

Price, a four-star prospect, becomes the third commitment in Ohio State's 2013 class alongside Middletown, Ohio quarterback Jalin Marshall and Trotwood (Ohio) Madison cornerback Cameron Burrows.

The 6-4, 265-pound defensive tackle joins a group that many experts believe will be one of the best 2013 classes in the nation. Understanding the current trend Ohio State has had on the recruiting trail since hiring Meyer, Price couldn't help but want to be the latest to join the Buckeyes.

"They landed huge talent with guys like Kyle Dodson, Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington, Se'Von Pittman, who I've played against for two years now, Tommy Schutt and Taylor Decker last year," Price said. "All these guys. I can go on all day. It is very impressive and I think my class will be just as strong if not stronger."

Ohio State's 2012 class finished No. 3 overall in the Scout.com national rankings in large part because of the defensive line prospects the Buckeyes were able to sign. Price believes the defensive front is going to be very successful in the coming years.

"It is an honor to be able to play against some of these guys," he said. It is going to be very productive and very destructive, I'll tell you that. The sky is the limit.

"We have to continue to get bigger, stronger, faster and nastier. With Coach Meyer being a great recruiter and with (defensive line coach Mike) Vrabel, it is going to be a very, very successful defensive line."

Price took an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Feb. 11 and was the only prospect in Columbus for a trip. Meyer had a junior day the follow day where he invited multiple top prospects to Ohio State.

It was during that visit where Price just felt right about ending his recruitment.

"The visit was very informative and I got a lot of questions I had answered on things that I needed to know and I called Coach Meyer (Feb. 13)," Price said. "He was very happy and he told me I made his day. He was super excited and he was very proud and wants me to keep working. You can't stop working at Ohio State and I look forward to playing in that environment."

With perhaps the biggest decision of his young life now behind him, Price admitted it will be easy to focus on things like school, getting better and being a leader on his high school team.

"It is very relaxing and stress-free right now because I am going to go into my senior season knowing I am going to be a Buckeye," he said.

"There is a certain level of expectation now and I welcome that. That's the level of performance I should be playing at. It is going to be good on my guys to know that I am completely committed to my team now and nothing but that." Follow Me on Twitter and find us on Facebook.


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