Rubbing elbows with some of the best to ever play the game of football is one thing, actually being coached by those guys is a different demon.
2016 Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer four-star offensive tackle E.J. Price remains in awe of his surroundings thus far out at the Nike Headquarters for The Opening 2015.
“It’s great,” Price told The Michigan Insider. “It’s a very humbling experience and it seems like a million kids try out for this, a lot of kids want to be here and I’m just truly blessed to have the opportunity to come out here and be around some of the coaches.
“I’ve already seen some NFL Hall of Famers out here so it’s kind of shocking right now, just trying to take it all in.”
Originally announcing a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia in early April, the 6-foot-6, 312-pounder rescinded that commitment in mid June.
Now open and back on the market in the recruiting process, Price is determined to change his approach this time around.
“It can get overwhelming if you let it,” Price said. “I didn’t let it get too overwhelming for me though. I just felt like I know with the commitment and de-commitment to Georgia, I felt like I committed too early so that was what that was about.
“But it can get overwhelming, you’ve got to keep your feet on the ground and stay humble, definitely.”
As part of his newfound freedom, evaluating an entire list of other schools has become paramount.
Looking to keep as much order in his recruitment as possible, Price says several schools are looking to receive a visit from the No. 7 ranked tackle in the 2016 class.
“Before the dead period started a lot of coaches were contacting me, reaching out to me and trying to get me up on campus,” Price said. “I plan on visiting Florida State after we leave here, hopefully getting up to Tennessee, and I want to get to Texas A&M, and visit Florida as well.
“Hopefully we’ll go up to Michigan so, there’s definitely schools pushing for me to get up there and I’m going to take my five official visits before I make a final decision or anything like that.”
Growing up in the north until April of 2011, Price spent the majority of his childhood not far from Ann Arbor.
“I’m still a Michigan fan,” Price said. “I love my Wolverines.”
While fandom certainly helps, a childhood affinity isn’t the only reason Price is reciprocating a high level of interest coming from Michigan’s new coaching staff and Jim Harbaugh.
“Michigan, they’re definitely still in the race,” Price said. “They’re probably going to be in my top five.
“It’s an excellent school beyond football, but with the addition of Coach Harbaugh coming in and everybody, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see what they do this season. I look forward to seeing about that.”
Asked specifically about Georgia and Michigan, and the advantages both have on and off the field, Price believes each possess exactly what he is looking for in a college.
“One of the main things I want to do after football is become a defense attorney,” Price said. “Michigan has a great law school, Georgia has a great law school. The academics are there at both of the schools.
“The football programs have both great coaches, great staffs and Michigan has a little bit more to prove cause they’ve been struggling lately but it’s definitely going to mainly come down to whichever school and coaching staff I’m most comfortable with because everything else is there. It’s going to come down to my relationship.”
“Those definitely will be two of my top schools to beat out,” added Price.
Price says distance won’t play a factor in his decision, also noting there is no timetable for a decision.