"I think I'm close, I just got off phone with Purdue," Ejuan Price said. "They're coming to the school see if I'm as big as they think I am. If everything goes well, they're going to offer me. I'm also close to getting an offer from North Carolina and Boston College."
"It's pretty cool," Price said, of getting recruited by his hometown team. "They're coming along the way. It makes me feel important. I'm one of their top recruits, right around the way. I visit with their coaches a lot."
Price said that most of his contact has been with offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr., his chief recruiter. Still, he has gotten to know most of the Pitt coaches pretty well. Despite Pitt having recent success, sending past middle linebackers like H.B. Blades (Washington Redskins) and Scott McKillop (San Francisco 49ers) to the NFL, Price doesn't think of Pitt or any other place having a knack for sending middle linebackers to the NFL.
"I don't think of (Pitt) for producing linebackers," Price said. "Any school can do it, actually. If you put the work in, you can get noticed."
Price is being recruited by most schools as a middle linebacker, but a couple of the other schools feel he is athletic enough to play outside linebacker as well.
For the summer, Price will not head to any individual camps. He will attend both Pitt's and Maryland's 7-on-7 passing camps with his team, and he may take an unofficial visit to Ohio State.
As a junior, Price was an all-conference selection at linebacker after racking up 107 tackles, including 32 for a loss. He also had 11 sacks.