What I Learned Watching: E.J. Price

POWDER SPRINGS - Matt DeBary takes a look at Archer OL E.J. Price.

Archer’s E.J. Price had a good, but not great game against North Paulding. Although many schools are recruiting Price to play tackle, he lined up at guard for Archer, leading them to unstoppable running attack.

Price was dominant in the run game all night long, allowing teammate Jamyest Williams to run wild on the Wolfpack. Listed at 6’6 324 lbs., Price towered over the North Paulding defensive lineman. He threw them all backwards, but that should be expected. Price lined up against some lineman who were 3-4 inches shorter than he was, as well as 30-40 pounds lighter. There was really no excuse for Price not to dominate.

Price did a good job pulling from his guard spot to block linebackers at the second level. North Paulding only defended with three down lineman, so there were many plays where Price had an easy opportunity to block a linebacker since there was not a defensive lineman for him to block.

There were still times where Price left me scratching my head. In the 2nd quarter while Archer was driving in the red zone, Price got confused on who he was blocking, and ran into his teammate. This caused a chain reaction where the ball carrier ran into one of the lineman, causing a fumble on the play. Price was very angry with himself on the sideline, and go into a small argument with one of the coaches.

He also let a lineman get behind him in pass protection. Price was finally able to block a lineman almost his size, and the Wolfpack lineman gave Price a nice little swim move to get into the backfield to force a bad throw.

Price really looked good other than those two plays, but I still did not come away overly impressed. He is listed as the 57th best prospect in the country by scout.com, which is hard for me to believe. I’m glad he was able to dominate guys half his size, but he didn’t dominate like a guy should with that high of a ranking.

Overall, Price had a good game. He was great in run blocking, looked average in pass protection, and helped the Archer offense put up 49 points. He still has things to work on, but he has the size coaches look for in an offensive lineman. If he can just tune up his technique a little bit and get a little stronger, I can see him being a successful tackle in college. He is still a work in progress.

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