Huskers add another from Texas

Nebraska lost the conference title game. You can hear the fans now. Recruits will not look at the Huskers because they lost. Commits will start to flounder. You know the drill. Well, that's not always the case. It wasn't for Givens Price, a Texas native who gave his pledge tonight to be a future blocker for the Big Red.

Maybe you will want to ask offensive lineman Givens Price a few times, why he chose Nebraska.

That's what he did about an hour ago.

Why a few times? He's got a few reasons, and oddly enough, they all come after the narrow loss in the Big 12 title game.

Yes, recruits do commit after losses. And coaches visit recruits after losses. That's what Price experienced after the Husker heartbreaker in Arlington.

"Coach Ekeler came to my house yesterday, but I didn't call up to commit until today," said the 6-5, 270 lbs. offensive lineman who is slated to play tackle for the Big Red. "I had to decommit from Rice before I made any real decisions. But once I made that, it was down to Baylor and NU."

Don't shrug at the choice of Baylor. As people can tell nowadays, the Bears are getting better, and for Prince specifically, they had a program which made this ultimate choice harder than one might at first think. "They have a great Sports Medicine" program, but I know Nebraska has a good one. That was what really kept Baylor in the running," he said. "But Nebraska was like a second home to me. That's how I felt when I went on my visit there. I got there and it just felt like being at home."

As for the timing, it's probably not a surprise anymore to see most kids committed by this point. They have been happening earlier and earlier as the years have gone on. That's one reason Price said that he pulled the trigger now for NU. If he waited a few months, he wasn't sure there would be a trigger to pull. "I wanted to get it out of the way so I could guarantee my spot as a Husker. I just wanted to make sure I had a spot on the team," he said.

"And really, I had my mind made up. It wasn't totally for sure for awhile, but it has been recently. So, I'm now a future Husker."

This is a new step for Price, but it's one he'll cherish, because unlike many in his state who might worry about playing close to home, he likes the idea of going to the Big Ten. "I don't have anything against the Big 12, but this is going to be a new thing for me and the team. So, I'm excited," he said. "I know it's going to be a great conference to be in."

Price's team experienced something new as well, going undefeated in District play for the first time in school history, and winning nine games in a row, which is another first for Taylor High (Houston, TX). "We have a lot of pride in how we did, because we did something no team before us did. Our whole team is really proud of what we did," he said.

Price plans to have some pride about what he'll be doing down the road, too, as he gets to head a bit north and play the kind of football he likes to play. "Power. It's about power. You run the ball like they do, offensive linemen get to just take on defensive linemen and see who the best guy is," he said. "I love being able to just line up and go. That offense suits me, because I think I could fit in and do well with what they like to do. That was another reason I chose them."

That brings up the inevitable question about potential future visits, not in Lincoln - potential future visitors, not from the University of Nebraska and other coaches from other schools coming in and trying to convince him that there is someplace else he needs to be.

Price says don't waste your time.

"I'm a Husker now. I'm going to be a Husker in the future. On signing day, I am signing as a Husker," he said.

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