November 20, 2011

Price not fazed by rumors

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One of the top prospects on hand for Saturday's Ohio State/Penn State game was Austintown (Ohio) Fitch two-way lineman Billy Price. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound junior is among Ohio's top prospects and he came away impressed by the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium on Saturday evening.

"The game was good, unfortunately Ohio State lost, but they played good football," explained Price. "Braxton Miller is developing and they are playing a lot of young guys on the defensive side of the ball. It's fun to watch just being in that environment. Being in 'The Shoe', it's a place like no other, there's just no other place in college football that compares to it so far. I love going down to Columbus and experiencing that."

Price talked to a handful of Ohio State coaches and administrators before the game and got the latest word on which side of the ball he is being looked at for by the staff.

"Before the game I talked to (Luke) Fickell, Nick (Siciliano), (Jim) Bollman, Gene Smith the athletic director, and coach (Mike) Vrabel," he explained. "I believe they have converted me from the offensive side of the ball to defense (on their recruiting board) so that is a positive. I think at Ohio State, I'd be productive on the defensive side of the ball as a defensive tackle."

Price was one of the first Ohio juniors to receive an offer from the Buckeyes, doing so back in the spring. Since that time, Ohio State has had one head coaching change and could be headed for a second one soon. If that is the case, Price says he isn't too worried about having to build a relationship with a new coach.

"With the rumors that I've heard with Urban Meyer and everything, I think that would be real good for Ohio State," Price said. "I think it would be good for Ohio State whoever goes in there. There's not one coach out there that I have a dislike for so I think whoever they get in there, it's going to be somebody that's successful. They're not going to hire Joe Schmo off the street and give him the head coaching position. It's going to be somebody with a history of success and somebody that's going to win national championships."

Price will see Ohio State play again next weekend as he is scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Michigan on Saturday.


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