HERSHEY, Pa. - In his final high school football game, linebacker Ejuan Price traded in his turquoise and black uniform from his days at Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills High School for the blue and gold uniform of the Pennsylvania All-Star team in the 54th annual Big-33 Football Classic.
Recently, Price made another trade-in, asking to be released from his letter of intent signed with The Ohio State University in February and reopening his recruiting process. Price's recruiting process yielded offers from programs like Buffalo, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan State, Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia, among others. Price said he picked up some late interest from some schools, but did not name the suitors.
Following the Big-33 Classic, Price told PantherDigest.com he has officially been released from his LOI with the Buckeyes and will pick up his release papers Monday. His plans: to commit to the University of Pittsburgh, though sometime after Monday.
"I am probably going to commit to the University of Pittsburgh," Price said. "After Monday, I should be good to go."
Price was ranked as Scout's #14 middle linebacker in the entire 2011 class - a four-star prospect to boot. His selection of Pitt would definitely bolster the first recruiting class put together by Todd Graham.
The allegations of impropriety against Ohio State did not factor into his decision to ask for his release, Price said.
"Everyone's quick to judge them," Price said of the Buckeyes. "But if you're not around it, then you don't know. My decision had nothing to do with the allegations - everybody makes mistakes. They're still good people in my eyes and they're all right with me."
Instead of just wearing a blue and gold uniform once, Price said he looks forward to wearing the blue and gold uniform more often.
"Pitt's just where I want to be," Price said.
Price had 23 sacks in the last two seasons for the Wolverines, helping the team to a 21-6 overall mark (.778) and reaching consecutive WPIAL AAAA championship games. Price was part of a Wolverines' defense that held 21 of 27 opponents to 14 points or less with five shutouts in that span.