Big Ten programs interested in Price

Tallmadge, Ohio quarterback prospect Allen Price will be a four-year starter this fall

Allen Price, a class of 2006 quarterback prospect at Tallmadge High School, is Ohio High Magazine's No. 62 ranked senior-to-be in that football-rich state.

Price, a 6-foot, 196-pound prospect, will be a four-year starter at Tallmadge this fall. In a telephone interview Tuesday evening, Price said that he completed 82 of 126 passes for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. As a sophomore he was 65 of 115 for 1,050 yards and 10 touchdowns. He took over the starting job in the third game of his freshman campaign.

This spring Price has received mail from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ball State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Army, Kentucky, Boston College and Miami of Ohio. He has not received a scholarship offer yet, however, nor has he been the recipient of a phone call from a Division I program this month, when schools can place one call to a prospective recruit.

According to Duane Long of Ohio High and, however, it is a mistake for major programs to overlook Price.

"I have railed for years now about quarterback recruiting," Long wrote in one of Ohio High's countdown pieces. "If I were asked to go back over the last five years or so and list quarterbacks that the top 20 programs passed on that I could not believe they passed on, "Alvey" Price would top that list. This kid throws the most catchable ball. He is not trying to impress. He is trying to make the ball easy for his receivers to catch, so the arm doesn't show up on every play."

Price's strength certainly shows up in his weight room numbers. Price said that he can bench press 325 pounds and has done 24 repetitions at 185 pounds. He squats about 415. At the junior class combine in San Antonio in January, Price ran a 5.01-second 40-yard dash and a 4.79 pro agility. Tuesday, he said he was recently timed again and finished the 40 in 4.72 seconds and the shuttle in 4.4.

Price said he does not have any favorites at this time. "Because I haven't really decided what I want to major in," he said. "And that obviously is a big factor. Right now I'm still open."

In general, Price said he is looking for a "good football program. I have to like the coaching staff. Just the kind of people around campus. A campus I feel like I'm at home. I don't want to go somewhere and feel like I don't belong there. And then obviously what I want to major in, which right now it looks like architecture. I would like them to have a really strong architecture program."

Though Price will likely end up at quarterback, he also started the Blue Devils' last three games of the 2004 season at outside linebacker and he expects to start at both positions this fall.

"I could see myself playing defense (in college)," Price said. "Probably outside linebacker."

In June, Price plans to attend one-day "senior day" camps at Kent State, Toledo and Akron. He may also attend camps at Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. "They want me to come to their senior day," Price said of those Big Ten schools. "It's just whether or not I have the money to fly out there and then if I have the time. I would love to. It is something I wouldn't want to miss."

Price attended junior days at Bowling Green, Kent State and Akron.

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