Price Signed, Fulfilled His Dream

Sheldon Price, the 6-2, 165-pound defensive back prospect from Bishop Amat, fulfilled a dream when he signed his NLI for UCLA Wednesday. He talked about the experience, some of the things that were going on with other prospects down to the wire, and how he's recruiting an elite 2010 prospect for UCLA...

A lifelong dream finally came to fruition for La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat cornerback Sheldon Price, now set to be a third-generation Bruin.

The son of two UCLA alumni, one being former UCLA defensive back Dennis Price, Sheldon Price committed to the Bruins within seconds of receiving an offer from Rick Neuheisel at UCLA's Spring Game.

On Wednesday, Price signed his NLI with UCLA, setting him up to play on the same practice field and Rose Bowl turf that his father did.

"I'd been counting down the days to make it official, it couldn't come any sooner. After my visit, I wished I could go up there and start my career," said Price. "I can't wait go up there. I'm going to graduate in June and move up there and get started."

Price said he was disappointed that DeWayne Walker was leaving to take the head coaching job at New Mexico State, because he was eager to play for him, but he's excited about what's in store for UCLA.

"I was kind of worried when Dewayne Walker said he was leaving, but when I visited, it just made it more solid," said Price. "I met with Coach (Tim) Hauck and Coach (Chuck) Bullough and they were real cool and it was cool to get to know them."

Then came the news one of his father's former teammates was going to be his position coach.

He said: "I was excited when I heard about Carnell Lake. I was excited because he went to UCLA and he has that pro experience and he can help me with that experience more. My dad played with him so he might be on me more but as long as he makes me a better player, I don't mind, because he has the NFL experience and he can help me develop my game to the fullest potential."

Price was happy to see that Bullough was promoted to defensive coordinator. "I think that's really wonderful for him," said Price. "He worked closely with Coach Walker and he is going to continue to do well. I'm real happy for him and he's a real cool coach."

Price has been to the UCLA campus more times than he can remember, but the visit was still a unique experience for him. "I got to see more of the campus lifestyle, the buildings, the different classrooms and all of the facilities," said Price.

But the highlight was hanging out with the other commits and players. "I hung out with Randall Carroll a lot, and Isaiah Bowens, but we already knew each other, so that wasn't much different. I got to know Taniela Maka, and the big d-linemen, Branden Warner. I had a real good time with them."

Price and Brandon Sermons are longtime close friends, and Price said he was doing his part to keep Sermons on board in the waning days until Signing Day. "I was in Brandon's ear the most," said Price. "I just kept saying, this is the place where you want to be, the only direction we can go is up and we going to be the class to make it happen."

Price is also tight with elite junior receiver Kenneth Scott, who is one of UCLA's top targets at receiver in the class of 2010.

"I stay on KScott's head about UCLA and he really wants to go there," said Price. "Most of the kids I talk to are all on SC but I see where UCLA is going, and sooner or later they will come calling. And KScott wants to be a part of that."

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