At the very least, Price, 5-foot-11, 174-pounder from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely, expects to see time on special teams.
"I don't plan on red-shirting," Price said. "I have a goal to get my degree first. And then if all goes well, enter the [NFL] draft."
In preparation for his freshman season, UNC assigned Price a workout regimen.
"Coach Douglas said not to follow it until the [track] season is over," Price said. "He said just focus on track."
On Thursday, Ely, which won the district meet a week ago, will have its 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams compete in the regional track meet. Price is a member of both relay teams.
"We have one of the top times in the state in the 4x100," Price said.
Price also ran the 100-meter dash, but failed to qualify for the regional track meet. His personal best time is 10.8 seconds.
Since the track season began, Price has dropped some weight. He aims to be at 185 pounds before arriving at UNC on June 14.
Price will wear No. 4 at UNC.
"I never got a chance to wear No. 4, which has always been my favorite number, because it was retired at my high school," Price said. "There's an opportunity to wear it in college."
Price, who is fully qualified, plans to room with fellow Floridians Giovanni Bernard, Tre Boston, and Sean Tapley.
"[Douglas] kind of put us together," Price said. "He loves his Florida guys."