Price Ready To Talk With His Play

Ohio State stayed in the Buckeye State to find four-star defensive lineman Billy Price, who was one of the first players to commit to the class of 2013. He's now ready to let his play do the talking when he arrives in Columbus.

You might have forgotten about Billy Price, but there's a good chance he won't be a forgotten member of Ohio State's 2013 class.

The four-star defensive lineman from Austintown Fitch committed to the Buckeyes last February – he was No. 3 in the class – and hasn't exactly been a media star since then. The 6-3, 285-pounder has a good personality but is more the kind of guy to let actions speak louder than words.

In other words, being an internet celebrity in a world that encourages that nowadays just isn't his style. He visited Ohio State, clicked with the coaching staff, liked the town, made his decision and was done.

"I'm a pretty straight guy," he said. "I went down and I saw what I needed to, and I fell in love right there. I didn't need to see all the other places and take my five official visits. I knew where I wanted to be. I knew where I belonged and that's where I needed to be."

Were there ever any second thoughts for the nation's No. 21 defensive tackle?

"No, absolutely not," he said.

That's the kind of straight shooting the Buckeyes and their fans can expect from Price, who joined OSU's class when he sent his National Letter of Intent to Columbus this morning.

In his eyes, that's the kind of thing that will help not only him but the Buckeyes succeed. That attitude should mesh with head coach Urban Meyer, who has high expectations that line up with Price's.

"Just championships," Price said when asked what he expects out of Meyer. "That's the No. 1 thing he's saying right now. He's always raising his hands, raising the ball. I expect a high-octane level. I expect energy. Everything that a football coach should be, I expect from him, and that's exactly what he is."

Price has been turning heads for a while playing in a city that has always been known for putting out good football players. He first earned notice when he acquitted himself well as a sophomore offensive lineman while lining up against highly rated defensive lineman Steve Miller, then an Ohio State-bound senior.

But it didn't take Fitch head coach Phil Annarelli, a longtime Ohio prep mentor, that long to see he might have something special in Price.

"I think I probably knew (he could reach this level) from the time I met him, and I think he was in the eighth grade when I first met him," Annarelli said. "I ninth grade, he and his mom came in and met me and talked to me. I think she knew that we were a no-nonsense program, and if you've talked to his mom at all, you know that's what she wanted."

Academics has always been No. 1 with the Fitch family, which will also fit in with the Buckeye program. Price also said he lives in the weight room, so hard work off the field won't be something holding him back either.

"Coach Meyer told me he's probably in the top 10 percent strength-wise when he comes into OSU as far as benching, squatting and cleaning," Annarelli said. "Coach Meyer said that, and he's a pretty straight shooter. Coach Meyer told him, ‘It's your feet you have to work on and get a little bit better.' So yeah, he's got an opportunity to play and contribute next year."

Typical of someone who never had much taste for the bright lights of recruiting, Price doesn't go to Columbus with an inflated ego, either. He credits his parents for keeping him grounded, and he laughed when asked how it feels to go from prized recruit to just another freshman in one of the toughest programs in the nation.

"I'm a small fish in a big pond," Price said.

Still, Price is happy to have put pen to paper this morning.

"Oh, it's just amazing," he said. "I'm glad it's over with, and I'm proud to represent this area."

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