Price Talks About Commitment

He was offered a scholarship at UCLA's Junior Day in June and thought he might hold out for a while -- but it didn't take linebacker <b>Will Price</b> long to commit to his childhood favorite school...

Flying under the radar at a smaller high school, linebacker Will Price, 6-1, 245, Anaheim (Calif.) Western, nonetheless received an offer to play at UCLA and committed to the Bruins in late June.

"Coach Kerr and Coach Dorrell offered me at Junior Day, and I wanted to think about it some, but I knew all along I was going to accept it," said Price.

The All-CIF linebacker received some other offers, from Oregon State, Arizona and Colorado State most notably, but his childhood favorite offering him a scholarship was impossible to resist.

"I was up there for Junior Day, and I just loved the campus," Price said. "The coaches were all real cool, and Coach Kerr showed me the defense they are going to run, the Tampa Bay defense, and how the middle linebacker is used. I was real excited about that."

He also was real impressed by Coach Dorrell. "I like him a lot. He is real cool, and the way he treats his players, the people around him, helped my decision a lot, and made me more comfortable."

Price, who is Hawaiian, said the significant amount of Pacific Islanders on the team played a role in his decision. "It did. I wanted to be around some guys who have our same culture. I knew Asi Faoa (who played at Anaheim Magnolia) because he goes with my cousin and he is real cool. It will be a good atmosphere."

A year ago, Price tallied 135 tackles and 3 interceptions in an award-winning season. He expects this year to be even better. "I kind of was a no-namer last year. Everyone knew about (USC signee) Fili Moala, but I was able to make an impact myself and make a name for myself. This year, I hope to have even a better season."

Price said he likes the Sports Medicine program at UCLA, and hopes it helps shape his career after football. "Academics are really important to me and my family, so I wanted to go somewhere that helps me for my future."

After receiving the offer, Price kicked it around in his head, but ultimately pulled the trigger early. "My family said to go for it. They knew I always wanted to go there. I wanted to get it out of the way, and stay close to home, so it was an easy decision. Now I can focus on my last year."


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