Louisville in the hunt for JUCO All-American

Louisville has already landed one defensive standout from Jones County (MS) C.C., safety Justin Matthews. Steve Kragthorpe's Cardinals also hope to add NJCAA All-American Jeremiah Price, a 6'4, 245 pound defensive end. Price, who will make his decision soon, visited Louisville over the weekend and has the Cardinals on his short list of favorites.

Louisville has already landed one defensive standout from Jones County (MS) C.C., safety Justin Matthews. Steve Kragthorpe's Cardinals also hope to add NJCAA All-American Jeremiah Price, a 6'4, 245 pound defensive end. Price, who will make his decision soon, visited Louisville over the weekend and has the Cardinals on his short list of favorites.

"I had a great visit," Price told InsideTheVille. "I like the players and the coaches. They were very nice. Doug Beaumont was my host and he is very calm and cool and a real nice person."

"He's a top-notch kid and a great player for me," said Jones County head coach Eddie Pierce. "I think he'll do an outstanding job at that level. He can stand up and play or put his hand on the ground and play. He's a tremendous athlete."

Price made the visit with Jones County (MS) teammate Justin Matthews. While Matthews verbally committed to Steve Kragthorpe's Cardinals during the trip, Price wasn't ready to follow suit.

"The visit helped them and it will help me make my decision," Price said. "I'm going to visit Oklahoma State and UAB. Louisville, Oklahoma State and UAB are my final three schools I'm looking at. I don't have a favorite right now."

Piece seems to think Price's decision will come down to two schools: Louisville and Oklahoma State.

"He told me he was not going to make a snap decision," Pierce said. "To me, I think it's Louisville and Oklahoma State. That's what I think. I encourage them to take their visits and see where they fit in the best."

Price will graduate from Jones County C.C. this month and will enroll at his new school next month. Price said he'll make his decision in the next week or two and the opportunity for playing time next season will play a big factor in his decision. That could help Louisville's chances with the talented defensive lineman.

"I play defensive end and (Louisville) is a little short at the position and that's what they want me to come in and play," Price said. "That's a very big factor for me to have a chance to play right away. My strengths are my speed and quickness off the ball and putting pressure on the quarterback."

"He's got so much speed I think he can be a dual-position player," Pierce said. "I think he can be a great speed rusher coming off the edge. He's a high 4.5, low 4.6 guy."

Price, an NJCAA All-American, had 60 tackles and a team-high 9.5 sacks this season.


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