JASON PRICE, TE, 6-4, 250, 4.65, TRINITY VALLEY JUNIOR COLLEGE, TEXAS:
Jason Price is about as raw as a player can be at tight end, but he is a player who a college coach could really earn his money developing because his raw athletic ability has a great number of people trying to figure out just how much upside he has.
Price played his high school football in Sanger, Texas, where he was running back and free safety. So it was a little bit of a shock for him when the coaches at Trinity Valley approached him about playing tight end.
"I really didn't care because I knew I could adapt," said Price. "It was the coach who was there before us, Keith Wagner, who made the change. He just thought I could be a good tight end. I had to gain weight to make the move. I weighed about 205 when I first got there and I played free safety. Tight end is a hard position, but I am learning more about it every day and adapting to the position better every game."
Trinity Valley beat Blinn Junior College 30-27 in overtime to advance the Southwest Conference championship against NEO. Price has proven to be a good blocker, but he admits he doesn't see the ball much in the passing game.
"We run a lot of duece tight end formations, so I mostly block," said Price. "I have not even had a pass thrown to me this year, but this week we have worked on some plays where they are going to throw me the ball. That is frustrating for me, but I have learned how to deal with it. My job right now is to block, and that is the best way for me to help my team.
"I think I can catch the ball pretty well. I work on it all the time and I think I catch about 200 passes a day. On those days that I am not working on catching passes, I am in weight room. I am always working on my game in some way."
Price can bench 395 pounds, squat 575 and he has posted a 31-inch vertical jump. Price signed with Houston out of high school, but had to go to junior college because of academics. He has been offered by Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State and Kansas State thus far, but he has a number of other schools talking to him at this time.
"I have been offered by those three schools and I am talking to Oklahoma a bunch," said Price. "Every D-2 school in the country has offered me. I am excited about the process and I am excited about the schools that have offered me. I am real excited about the possibility of Oklahoma offering me. And if they do, I will go there for sure. I have been to Oklahoma before on a visit and I really liked it down there.
"Where Oklahoma is located is close to where my parents live and they would be able to come to my games. If they don't offer, then I will go somewhere else. But I hope I get an offer there because it would be great to go to school there. Oklahoma has been evaluating me and they seem interested. Oklahoma State has started to call also."
Price says he is on track to graduate at semester.
Recruiting: Juco TE waiting for OU's offer
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