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Football Recruiting
Defensive Lineman Billy Price is Third Commit in 2013 Recruiting Class for Urban Meyer
By Tony Gerdeman

Ohio State just wrapped up a Junior Day on Sunday where they hosted several of the top juniors in the nation, so it was almost inevitable that they would get a commitment out of it shortly thereafter.

Billy Price (6-4 305), a two-way lineman for Austintown Fitch,  had planned to make his decision after his senior season of football, but obviously he fell victim to Urban Meyer's recruiting kevorka and committed to Ohio State on Monday.

The commitment, which was first broken by 247Sports.com, wasn't unexpected, despite Price's lofty plans of waiting another ten to twelve months.

“I was just really comfortable with Ohio State,” Price told The Columbus Dispatch. “The academics are really strong, and my family is very comfortable with coach Meyer and his staff. I got all the questions I had about Ohio State answered, and it was finally time.”

He chose Ohio State over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Notre Dame.

Price has been a full-time two-way player for the last two seasons, but will be coming to Ohio State to play defense.

Rivals, Scout and 247Sports all rank him as a four-star defensive tackle. ESPN, on the other hand, considers him an offensive tackle prospect, and they have him on their preliminary watch list.

"He just comes off the ball really well," said John McCallister, the director of The McCallister Scouting Report, which provides player evaluations to universities all over the nation. "He's a good bender. He's tough. That's probably why a lot of guys really like him. He'll bring a little bit of nastiness to the table."

"He can plug," McCallister added. "He'd be a three technique guy, obviously. He's gonna be a guy like that."

Price was a First-Team All-State selection and finished the season with 40 tackles and ten tackles for loss. He also had three sacks and an interception.

While Ohio State obviously had a lot going for it in Price's mind, perhaps one area that many are forgetting is the talent that Meyer will be bringing to Columbus.

A defensive tackle is only as good as the teammates around him, and the Buckeyes have brought in quite the haul of defensive linemen over the last two recruiting classes, including one that Price has had his eye on for a while now.

"I would love to play with Se'Von (Pittman) because I've competed against him for two years now," Price told The Detroit News back in November, when Pittman was a Michigan State commitment. "He's a great athlete, he moves well, he gets off blocks, he's explosive, mean and aggressive."

Price shouldn't have to worry about having pass rushers around him considering Ohio State has loaded up with five defensive ends in the past two recruiting classes.

If defense doesn't work out for him, however, don't be surprised to see him get a chance to shine on the offensive line. He was named a First-Team All-State offensive lineman, and as he has mentioned, he has held his own against Big Ten talent in his time.

Against Canton McKinley during his sophomore year in 2010, he battled current and future Buckeye defensive ends Steve Miller and Se'Von Pittman.

How did he do? Well, his team won 24-21 and he was instrumental in his team rushing for 201 yards while also holding the Bulldogs to just 54 yards on the ground in 36 attempts.

"When I saw him, I thought that he would be a really good run blocker," McCallister said of Price, who he has watched for years. "But like most kids he needs to work on his pass blocking a little bit."

Canton McKinley might disagree, however.

Being from the Youngstown area, Price has been getting compared to current Buckeye defensive lineman John Simon for the better part of his high school career. However, Price is already tipping the scales at over 300 pounds, which makes him an entirely different type of player than Simon.

But they do share a certain similarity that will definitely favor Price as he begins his college career.

"I think his number one strength is that he's just a tough, tough competitor," McCallister explained.

"He's a tough kid. He played some as a freshman, he played all the time as a sophomore. He's just a good, tough kid.

"I think he's gonna be okay. He bends well, he just has to work on his feet. He's a little stiff right now just because he's just so strong. He thinks he's bad, he thinks he's tough—and he should, he plays with an attitude. I like him."

And likely so will Buckeye fans.

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