December 9, 2010

Speedy MSU commitment lining up visits

MOBILE, Ala. -- Tobias Singleton got the lion's share of the hype and praise, but Joe Price emerged from his teammate's shadow this season.

Price, a 5-foot-9, 176-pound athlete/running back from Madison (Madison Central), Miss., had a huge senior season, helping his team to the state semifinals. Part of the reward for Price is a spot on the Mississippi team this week in Mobile. Price and Co. will try to beat Alabama on Saturday in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

"It's good to be selected and I love being here," Price said. "I'm going to come out here and do what I have to do."

Price committed to Mississippi State earlier in the year, but he said Wednesday he plans to take some official visits next month. Price said he will visit Memphis on Jan. 14, Ole Miss on Jan. 21 and Mississippi State on Jan. 28.

"I'm looking at all the schools," Price said. "I'm committed, but I'm looking at all the schools. I'm going to go out and find out where I fit in because I never did any official visits anywhere. I've just been going to the campuses and meeting the coaches and players. I've never been chilling with a coach and doing good things on each campus."

Ole Miss, Price said, has told him he could "run the same thing (rising sophomore tailback) Jeff Scott does and run all the 'Wild Rebel' and all of that. It's the same thing all the colleges are telling me."

Price said Mississippi State has an advantage in the race for his signature because the Bulldogs "took a chance on me, which other schools didn't want to do. I told them I was going to stick to my commitment because I like how they took a chance on me."

As for Singleton, Price said he hopes he and his longtime friend and teammate end up together on the next level. Singleton said earlier this week Ole Miss, Mississippi State, UCLA and Arkansas comprise his top four choices.

"I want him to do what's best for him and I'm going to do what's best for me," Price said. "We just can't go to the same school. We have to go to the school where we fit in the offense."

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