U-M Shows Well in Price's First Visit

After finally catching an up close look at Michigan Saturday, c/o 2013 Austintown (OH) Fitch defensive lineman Billy Price indicated that his Maize & Blue experience stacked up favorably with some others he has had.

Billy Price had seen big time football prior to Michigan’s match-up with Ohio State Saturday.  He had even seen the Buckeyes in action.  What he hadn’t seen was 114,000 raucous fans waving Maize & Blue pom-poms and singing the Victors.

“It was a good rivalry game,” said Price.  “They fought hard right down to wire.  That’s good Michigan football right there.  Michigan is a little bit louder than Ohio State, that’s for sure. It’s a different experience… and it’s a good one too.  There are nice facilities and the people were nice, so it’s up there as one of the better places I’ve been.”

Michigan had offered the talented youngster over the phone in late October, but Saturday marked their first chance to court him in person.  They were aided in their efforts by highly regarded defensive lineman that has already chosen to become a Wolverine.

“I talked to (Jerry) Montgomery, (Greg) Mattison, and a few other guys.  They told me just to watch Michigan football.  I talked to Ondre Pipkins and he said don’t count Michigan out, think about Michigan, and that we could be great.”

The Big House experience while memorable was about what Price expected from the Wolverines.  Whether that means they are part of his tightly guarded top group of schools is something only he knows.

“My favorites) are staying (private),” he said.  “I’d say (Michigan’s standing) the same.  Michigan has always been on my list. (The visit) kind of reassures the fact that it’s a nice place, with good facilities, and a good atmosphere.”

With a few visits under his belt, Price plans to refocus his attention to his current team, albeit in a different sport.

“Next for me is track season – shot and discus outdoor, then indoor weight throw and shot put,” he said.  “Other than that, it’s getting out to Oregon next summer.”


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