A Conversation With Robert Price

Robert Price plays DT and OG for Shaker Heights High in Ohio. Although he committed to Penn State in early May, a few other teams have called Robert since his verbal commitment.

Name: Robert Price
Position: DT/OG
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 295 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.2 seconds at Penn State camp
School: Shaker Heights High, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Offers: Penn State

Robert was also being recruited by Notre Dame and Ohio State in a addition to a few others.  He visited Notre Dame unofficially for a Junior Day, and attended a football camp at Ohio State.  Penn State, however, was the first to offer Price.

"At the end of my junior year, they started sending me letters," Robert said.  "My coach and I sent them tapes of a few of our games against some of the better teams.  Then I went there for a Junior Day in February.  We went to a basketball game against Michigan State.  They offered me a couple of months later.  Coach Larry Johnson told me that they liked what they saw on tape."

Robert verbally committed to Penn State almost immediately upon receiving the scholarship offer.

"I like the school," Robert said.  "I just saw that Penn State wanted me badly.  I wanted to go there because they knew that I had the talent to play and other schools didn't really offer, so I wasn't just going to wait.  I knew Penn State knew what I could do, so that's why I decided to go there.  I'm going to a school that believes in me.

"I chose Penn State because of the education.  I like the coaches there, and some of the players were cool.  I met Jimmy Kennedy at the Junior Day.  He came down and started to talk with us.  I met Tony Johnson too.  I also went to a camp there this summer and liked it a lot.  I got a chance to talk to Joe Paterno.  He was telling me that he couldn't wait for me to get there."

Shaker Heights is 4-2 so far this season, and Robert has been a big part of that success.

"I've improved defensively this year, offensively too.  I have a lot more tackles so far this year than I did last year at this point.  I probably have over 30 tackles.  I had about 45 at the end of last year."

Robert may also not be done growing just yet.  His dad is about 6'3", 330 pounds.

"My father said he grew about an inch and a half in college."

A few teams have called Robert since his verbal commitment to Penn State to see whether or not his commitment is solid.  Robert says it is.  He's watched Penn State this season, but is not concerned by their inability to win thus far.  He has not been to a Penn State game because his school plays their games on Saturdays as well.

Robert says that Penn State does not know yet whether or not he will play offense or defense.

"They told me that I'm an explosive lineman and that I'm strong and quick.  I had a pretty quick shuttle time at the Penn State camp (4.4 seconds).  I also work very hard.  I'm excited.  I can't wait to get up there."

Robert is fully qualified and will probably major in Engineering.

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