Newest Bruin Discusses Commitment

Brian Price, the elite defensive tackle prospect from Los Angeles Crenshaw, talks about the commitment he made to UCLA Saturday at the Spring Scrimmage, picking UCLA over USC and Cal...

Brian Price, the 6-2, 260-pounder from Los Angeles Crenshaw, who is considered one of the best defensive tackle prospects in the west, told us he committed to UCLA Saturday.

"I committed today," Price said. "I just like UCLA a lot. I like the coaching and the environment is really nice."

Why now, so early? "I just didn't want to wait. I knew I was going to go here," Price said. When asked if he thought about holding out so he could take official visits to other schools, Price said, "Well, when I go to UCLA I'll visit all those other schools anyway when we play them in games, so it didn't matter to me."

Price had 111 tackles and 22 sacks last season, and made a name for himself as one of the fastest and strongest d-tackles in Southern California as a junior, also being named the Coliseum League Defensive Player of the Year. UCLA offered him in February, followed by California a short time later, and then USC just offered last week.

When asked if USC's offer changed his opinion at all, Price responded: "I went to visit there, but I just didn't like the environment. I live right down the street, and I know how it is around there. The coaches were allright, but I think the coaches at UCLA are better."

Price, in fact, said he had been a USC fan. "I've liked UCLA for about a year, when they started recruiting me I then started liking them. I used to like USC. But when UCLA started recruiting me, I came up to UCLA and liked what I saw and how it felt. It's far enough from home but not too far from home."

When UCLA brought in a number of new coaches, including a new defensive line coach in Todd Howard, who brings NFL experience with him, Price said it was a plus. "Since Coach Howard arrived I've talked to him all the time," Price said. "I think he's a good coach and I could really learn from him."

Price said he's currently 6-2 and 260, and he's shooting for a college playing weight around 280. "I think I can get that big easily," he said.

He also said he believes he's quick enough to play defensive end, but prefers tackle. "I can be a defensive end, and I'll play wherever they put me, but I think I like playing defensive tackle better. I like being in the middle of things."

His Crenshaw teammate, elite running back prospect Raymond Carter, has been pretty clear about UCLA also being his favorite, even though USC also offered Carter last week. "I told him (Carter) to do it (commit to UCLA), but you can't tell anyone what to do. I think he'll come here, because it's his favorite too. I hope we stay together. Over the years we've gotten pretty close."

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