At his Class of 2012 signing day press conference, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said the staff was already “knee deep” in the 2013 class. If Ohio State is only “knee deep” in the junior class, then the rest of the Big Ten could be in trouble.
On Monday, ESPNU Watch List lineman Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown-Fitch) committed to Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes three early 2013 commitments. The four-star prospect, who will play defensive tackle at Ohio State, joins four-star safety Cam Burrows and four-star athlete Jalin Marshall in the 2013 class. All three were named among ESPN's top 100 juniors.
“I was extremely confident with the Ohio State staff, and they’re extremely family oriented,” Price said. “It was key for me in my college decision. I felt it was time to make a decision and go forth and commit.”
Though a new staff is in place at Ohio State, Price is familiar with his future position coach and recruiting coach. Assistant Mike Vrabel will coach the defensive line after coaching the linebackers last season, and offensive line coach Ed Warriner, who is Price’s top recruiter, spoke with Price previously when Warriner was at Notre Dame.
Price first met Vrabel when he visited Ohio State for its November game against Penn State.
“Coach Vrabel is a really good guy. We had immediate chemistry,” Price said. “He’s very laid back, and he has that drive to perform and to excel.”
In Columbus for a banquet this weekend, Price was able to get a better look at Ohio State and meet with Meyer face to face for the second time.
“He came to school in mid January, and when I came down Saturday for the one-on-one tour with the coaches, it was more of an in-depth look,” Price said. “I got to know more about [Meyer] and his family.
Similar to many Ohio natives, Price’s dream was to play for Ohio State. After receiving an offer in January, it didn’t take long for him to pull the trigger. He said it was a tough decision considering all the other great opportunities he had at places such as Michigan or Notre Dame, but in the end he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to play for the hometown team.
“It’s exactly a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve always dreamed of playing in the scarlet and gray and in the Horseshoe and look forward to every moment. There is no place like Ohio State for me, and I belong at Ohio State.”