"I'm not changing my mind," said Price. "I'm going to UCLA."
After taking in the USC-Nebraska game in September, rumors surfaced that Price was going to de-commit and go elsewhere and despite his insistence that he was committed to the Bruins immediately after the trip, they never died down.
A constant at UCLA home games this season, Price held steadfast to his verbal and despite some talk that he may take an official visit to USC, even that has quieted and Price is hoping that, once and for all, he's answered the question.
"I'm definitely feeling really comfortable with UCLA," said Price. "I've been to every home game and I'm just focused on UCLA. In fact, me and my dad are setting up a little trip this weekend to Arizona State to see the game."
So has USC, or any other school for that matter, stayed in contact with Price? "USC, they're still trying to talk to me and they call me all the time," said Price. "I let them talk but I'm not changing my mind. Like I said, I'm focused on UCLA." With Kevin Brown and Brigham Harwell both going to be seniors when Price starts at UCLA, he knows that he could get into the rotation and possibly secure a starting role by 2008. "I'm going to work out real hard in the off-season and come in ready to play," said Price.
Price has set his official visit with UCLA for December 16th, the same weekend most of the committed prospects are coming into to Westwood.
In the weeks leading up to it, he's helping Crenshaw defend their City Section title, which got off to a good start last night when they trounced Chatsworth. At the end of December, he will depart for San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Game, where he will go as the City Section's lone representative and the first player ever selected from Crenshaw.
"I'm real excited, because that was a big goal of mine to accomplish and now I'm going to be able to do it," said Price. "I'm hoping to start in that game."
With head coach Karl Dorrell's job security being debated back and forth, Price was clear about his hopes for playing for him. "I'm really looking forward to playing for Coach Dorrell," said Price. "Me and him have a great relationship and they have treated me really well."
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.