UCLA Commit Attends USC Game

The elite defensive tackle prospect who is verbally committed to UCLA, Brian Price of Los Angeles Crenshaw, talks about attending the USC/Nebraska game last Saturday, his commitment to UCLA, and whether he could take official visits to other schools...

Five-star defensive tackle Brian Price (6-3, 250) out of Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, who committed to UCLA in March, spent Saturday at the USC-Nebraska game, but Price insisted not much should be made of it.

"It wasn't like an official visit or anything," said Price. "UCLA had their bye week and USC wanted me to come watch their game, so I went. I'm still firmly committed to UCLA."

Price, who chose the Bruins over offers from USC, Arizona and Cal, said that not long after he returned home from the game, a call from Westwood was made. "UCLA called my dad and wanted to have a meeting. We told them I'm still committed to UCLA," said Price. "I'm a man of my word, and I gave my word to UCLA that I'm coming."

While Price said he's firmly on board with the Bruins, he did say he will likely take an official visit to USC this fall. "I'll probably take an official visit to USC before I go to UCLA just to have fun, since it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Price. "In fact, if any other school offers me a trip, I might take it just so I have the chance to go out of the area and see some other schools."

Price didn't say just who those other schools could be, nor did he indicate that official visits would be offered by any other schools outside of the Los Angeles schools.

Price joked about what would happen to him if he didn't go to UCLA and went to USC. "Reggie (Carter) and Chinny (Anyanwu) both said they need me at UCLA, but I don't know what they would do to me if I went to USC," said Price. "Or what Coach (Eric) Scott (the former UCLA receiver and Crenshaw offensive coordinator) would do."

Price acknowledged that his relationship with the UCLA coaching staff was a big reason why he committed to the Bruins in the first place, and remains solid in his choice. "Coach (Karl) Dorrell and I have a good relationship and so do me and Coach (DeWayne) Walker," said Price. "I also like Todd Howard (defensive line coach) a whole lot. Those have been the coaches I've been the closest with."

Price was the first commitment for UCLA in the class of 2007, coming off his junior season in which he recorded 117 tackles and 22 sacks for the City Section champion Cougars. His commitment, coupled with teammate Raymond Carter's commitment three days later, gave the Bruins the top offensive and defensive targets from Crenshaw.

This year, the Cougars are 1-2 after falling to Merced on the road and to Dominguez at home with a win over Taft sandwiched between them.

It's been different for Price, too, being a marked man in his senior season. "It's not been as fun getting double- and triple-teamed on every play, but I'm still trying to be relentless. Our coach told us the first five (games) prepare you for the last four and we think with our schedule and who we've played, we will be ready for the playoffs," said Price, who is also playing offensive guard.

On the season, Price has 30 tackles in the first three games.

He said he would be attending UCLA's home game against Stanford next weekend.

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