2010 Intro: Lance Price

WILSON, N.C. --- After solid freshman and sophomore seasons, Lance Price exploded with a junior campaign that earned him the Eastern Carolina Conference's Player-of-the-Year Award, as well as all-area recognition.

"He's come a long way," Beddingfield High's head football coach Tyrone Johnson said. "He's able to see the defense and read the defense better, and he's able to make adjustments at the line. For the offense that we run, it's very important to do that."

Junior Highlights:

Price, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback, passed for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in 12 games, while completing roughly 50-percent of his passes.

"I was just able to go down to my second [receiving] option when I needed to," Price said. "And at the line, if I see something open, I'll call my own play. I was able to read the defense a lot better."

Beddingfield runs a spread offense that places a heavy focus on taking advantage of mismatches.

"We want to try to have them have their linebackers cover our receivers," Johnson said. "If we can do that, we're going to try to look to that guy [who is being covered by a linebacker]. That's Lance's job [to find that mismatch].

"Also, we're trying to spread it out so that we can run. We actually look to run more than pass. Lance threw for that many yards, but we ran the ball [a lot] – we had a running back who rushed for over 1,000 yards and we had another that came close."

According to Johnson, Price is a pocket passer. This fall, however, Price will expand his game and become more of a runner.

"He's been doing a lot of speed drills [this off-season]," Johnson said. "We're looking for him to be able to do more – run as well as pass. I would love to put a little more option into our game. I don't want him taking a lot of unnecessary shots, but it would free up a lot more things for us."

In addition to his athletic abilities, Price has tremendous character.

"He's a good leader, a leader by example," Johnson said. "He's been working hard in the weight room, right now. He helps keeping kids out of trouble – talking to the boys and keeping them right."

Price became the starting quarterback at Beddingfield five games into his freshman season.

"My skills got built up on J.V. and I was able to compete on the varsity level right around conference time," Price said.

Price, who passed for around 900 yards as a freshman, completed 118-of-264 passes for 1,662 yards and 18 touchdowns during his sophomore season – his first full season as starter.

"The speed was a whole lot faster from J.V. to varsity," Price said. "It took me probably until midway through my sophomore year to get used to the speed of the game. Last year, it was kind of slow for me then. So hopefully I keep progressing from there."

Price's size and production have grabbed the attention of schools throughout the nation.

"They're all sending letters, at least, because you're talking about a 6-4, 200-pound quarterback," Johnson said. "He has the grades, so I think it's only a matter of time."

Price is hearing the most from Alabama, Cincinnati, Duke, East Carolina, NC State, UCLA, and Vanderbilt.

Price attended East Carolina's Junior Day, where he spoke to offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, Todd Fitch, as well as his primary recruiter.

"They said they liked me, but they want to see a little bit more," Price said. "They're probably going to recruit two quarterbacks in my class. I'm just got to compete for one of the two [in camp]."

Most schools, like ECU, have requested Price to attend their summer camp. He is considering camping at Duke, East Carolina, and North Carolina.

With all the interest the coaching staff has shown, it's unsurprising that Price is leaning towards East Carolina.

"I like the offense they run, I like all the coaches down there," Price said.

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