Price On Where He Stands

One of UCLA's most prized commitments in its class of 2007, Los Angeles Crenshaw defensive tackle Brian Price, visited ASU officially this last weekend and, right after the visit, indicated he was "50-50" with UCLA and ASU. This is what he's saying now...

It's been nearly 11 months since Brian Price committed to UCLA. The five-star defensive tackle from Los Angeles Crenshaw, though, has still been a hot commodity, with many programs other than UCLA still aggressively pursuing him.

Price took an official visit to Arizona State over the weekend and when he returned home on Sunday, he was glowing about his visit to Tempe. He told the ASU publisher, actually, that he was "50-50" UCLA or ASU.

"It was a real fun visit," said Price. "When I left ASU, I had a good time and, to be honest, I was re-thinking my decision. My dad said if I needed to feel it out and needed more time, take as much time as I need and don't sign on Signing Day."

But by the time Monday Sunday evening rolled around, the glow was already starting to wane, and Price said he was back to where he was prior to the visit.

"I'm sticking with UCLA and I'm still solid," said Price. "When I got off the plane, (UCLA) Coach DeWayne Walker and (UCLA Head) Coach (Karl) Dorrell called me to tell me they still want me as a Bruin."

Price also got news that greatly helped UCLA's cause. "They told me I was qualified and accepted so that helped," said Price.

The first prospect in the class of 2007 to commit to UCLA, Price said that his long-standing verbal commitment to the Bruins also made it difficult for him to walk away. "It's been almost a year and I never changed," said Price. "My dad told me to think about all of the reasons that I committed there in the first place and that made me think."

This week, Price will have DeWayne Walker in his house for his final in-home visit, and it will be the final in-home that the Prices will host. "Coach Walker is coming in this week and then we're done," said Price. "And I'm not taking any more trips. I just want to get to Signing Day and get this done. All these coaches calling is giving me a headache."

The U.S. Army All-American has also played baseball for the Cougars in his time at Crenshaw and, despite some interest from professional scouts because of his bat, Price said he will likely skip his final high school season on the diamond.

"My dad wants me to play another year and some scouts like the way I can hit but I don't really like playing baseball," said Price. "All I want to do is hit but you can't just do that in baseball. So I'll work out for football and be ready to come in and take someone's job."

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