Price: 'The Perfect Balance'

By signing with North Carolina Wednesday, Jabari Price is taking the next big step in his career – both athletically and academically.

"What's going through my head is I'll be going to a school that is best for me and my family," Price said. "I'm confident in my decision and look forward to the future."

In early November, Price switched his verbal commitment to UNC from Minnesota. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound cornerback from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely committed to the Golden Gophers a month prior after officially visiting Minnesota and Purdue. As a Minnesota commitment, Price officially visited UNC.

"[UNC] has the perfect balance of academics and football," Price said. "Most schools have football with no academics or academics with no football. It's basically an advantage for North Carolina over other schools."

Despite his commitment to UNC, during the recruiting process Price listened to other schools pitches and even scheduled an official visit to Kansas.

"I just was thinking about taking a visit," Price said. "I didn't take the visit. I just wanted to make sure that North Carolina was the best thing for me. I just wanted to check it out."

Shortly after scheduling the visit, Price canceled

"[I called off the visit because I would be] putting in jeopardy the [UNC] scholarship," Price said.

Troy Douglas, UNC's defensive backs coach, and Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator, are Price's main contacts at UNC. Price says he that he speaks to them once or twice a week.

"They just touch base with me," Price said. "I've been a commitment for a while. They keep me updated on things going on at UNC and the plan for when I get there."

The plan is to provide Price a chance to compete for playing time immediately. If he doesn't get on the field as a freshman, graduation will create plenty of opportunity for his sophomore season.

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