Price Chats With UNC Staff

Jamal Price unofficially visited North Carolina on Saturday to speak with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"We talked more about a scholarship," Price said. "Coach Pittman basically said it's a 50-50 chance [that UNC would offer] and that they would know what they would do within the next couple of weeks. They're waiting for me to get closer to qualifying. I'm getting there, but I'm not there, yet."

Price, a 6-foot-7, 345-pound offensive tackle from Pomfret (Md.) McDonough, does have a scholarship offer from New Mexico. Besides UNC, he's receiving significant interest from Rutgers, Wyoming, and several lower division schools.

Price isn't favoring any schools and doesn't envision making a decision until January.

On Saturday, Price met with Pittman prior to UNC's ACC bout with Virginia Tech. He remained on campus for the football game.

"I really liked the atmosphere of the game and how the fans were crazy," Price said. "It was just a really good atmosphere to play football."

The only other school Price has visited this football season is Bowie State, a nearby Division II school. He plans to visit several schools in the future, including an official visit to New Mexico, but doesn't have any finalized plans.

Price first grabbed Pittman's attention at UNC's camp in June. Since then, the two have talked every week.

"[We talk about] how things are going, my season, school-wise – just checking up on me," Price said.

If he fails to qualify, Price and his McDonough coaches have discussed the possibility of either attending a prep school or a junior college.

"My test scores are ok," Price said. "It's more about my GPA. I had a bad freshman and first half of my sophomore year, which ended up bringing my core [GPA] down. Right now, I'm retaking classes from those years."

Price starts both ways for McDonough, which is 10-1 and currently in the second round of the MPSSAA 2A playoffs. Following the season, he'll represent Maryland in the Crab Bowl.

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