December 15, 2008

Price offered on visit

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quarterback Keith Price was one of a number of recruits to officially visit Arizona State this weekend. Price is currently a soft-commit to Washington who is looking around due to the coaching change at the school.

The scouting report on Price is he has a good arm and can make all the throws. One of the reasons, he is so valuable, is he's just as a good a passer on the run, as he is in the pocket. Price is definitely someone capable of running a spread-style offense.

St. John Bosco's season ended with a 7-3 record and a loss to rival Servite. On the season, Price completed 143-of-200 passes for 2,264 yards and 24 touchdowns to only six interceptions, while also rushing 119 times for 569 yards and 10 more scores.

"The visit went great," Price said. "It was real good. The whole environment out there was real good. Clint Floyd hosted me. We got along real well. I discovered that we played each other in basketball last year. We were talking and he said that he played basketball for Crenshaw and I remembered him right away. I told him 'I remember you, you were the cat with the 'fro'. We were hanging out in his dorm playing NCAA 09.

"I got in Saturday and went out to dinner with the recruits and then Clint took me out. I got to see just about everything [Sunday]. The track stadium, the gym, all of the dorms, the indoor facility, I think I went everywhere today.

"They showed us some new uniform combinations that they are considering. Some of them were really nice... It is not for certain just something they are trying to figure out. I had a real good time. I like that the area seemed to be a lot like LA."

Price, 6-foot-1, 176 pounds, earned all-league honors as a junior while playing in the same league with USC verbal commitment Matt Barkley. He threw for 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns. Price also rushed for 350 yards and seven touchdowns

Earlier this summer, Recruiting Analyst Jeremy Crabtree touted Price as breakout performer after the quarterback had an impressive summer camp circuit. Crabtree said that Price shown rapid development between his junior and senior seasons.

Coach Matt Lubick is recruiting Price to Arizona State. Price hosted Lubick on an in-home visit this past week. He said that the Sun Devils have started to recruit him harder because they are looking to bring more spread looks to their offense system. After the visit he was expecting to be offered on his trip.

"They offered me," Price said. "I am still committed to Washington. Coach Erickson said that he wants to setup an in-home visit with me sometime in January. He wants to talk to me more about the program and the campus and he wants to try to get me there. ASU is definitely in my top three, along with Washington and Oregon. I haven't visited Washington yet. I plan on doing that in January. I visited Oregon (and) that went well.

"I had a meeting today with Coach Erickson and Coach Lubick. Coach Erickson was telling me how he hasn't recruited a player like me in a long time. They said that their normal quarterback is a 6-foot-4 and 220 pound type. Erickson told me that he hasn't recruited a dual-threat player like me in a longtime.

"Coach Erickson said that he sees more and more teams using the spread and moving the ball effectively. He wants to install some of it and he believes that I would be able to make a big impact early on in that type of system. They did not say that I would start but I had a chance to make an early impact. So I have a shot. Coach said that not only can I run the ball but I can throw the ball as well as anyone."

Price verbally pledged Washington in July, but is looking at other college options since it was announced that Tyrone Willingham would not be returning.

"I am a soft-commit to Washington," Price said. "I am still trying to get to know Coach Sarkisian I want to see what he is all about. I have talked to him already and he seems cool. I want to see how I would fit in to his offense. He has a lot of stuff on his plate right now. I want to talk to him about the offense but he still has to get all the coaches he needs.

"Washington is still my top school. I would say ASU is now right below them too. Oregon, since they have not offered is my third school. If they offered they might move up with ASU. I know if that happened all three schools would be real close in the end."

The visit left Price with a lot to think about. He expects to make a final decision in January after he visits Washington. Price says in the end playing time will probably be the deciding factor.

"Playing early is definitely important to me," Price said. "Anytime that I can come in and get my feet wet early on has to be a positive. The more game time I get early on the better off I will be. I can only get better if I get some game experience."

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