2020 WR Devin Price on what's next after long-awaited A&M offer
For so long, Devin Price was so close, but painfully far from receiving an offer from Texas A&M.
His father, Aggies defensive ends coach Terry Price, probably had to have more than one tough conversation with him about when - or if - the staff would finally give the go-ahead on him. With offers on the table from several other Power Five programs, it would have been understandable if Devin had spent some time wondering what the hold up was.
Two weekends ago, at the Aggies junior day Super Bowl party, at long last, Jimbo Fisher gave the OK to offer Price. His reaction was understandably a mix of excitement and relief.
“It feels great to have that offer; I’ve been waiting on it for a long time,” he said. “It’s just a blessing that I have an opportunity to go play with my dad in college.”
Price was at the Super Bowl party event last year as well. He said this year’s edition was a bigger and more involved production but he had a good time with the other prospects.
“It was a great atmosphere with a bunch of recruits there and it was a really fun time,” he said. “This year there was more emphasis learning stuff in the meetings, learning routes, what kind of concepts they have and the wide receiver position and what everyone does.”
Perhaps it goes without saying that Price is as familiar with the A&M staff as a prospect could be. However, a player isn’t going to be offered simply because his father is part of it, and Price can attest to that after the numerous visits with a lengthy wait before getting the nod. He said that his relationship with receivers coach Dameyune Craig is well-developed at this point and getting ‘stronger and stronger’ by the day.
Otherwise, Price has to weigh his options with other schools that have been willing to show a more aggressive interest in him. Former A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has made a strong pitch in Arizona's offer to him and Price is every bit as friendly with that staff as he is with the current band of Aggies coaches.
“Arizona is one of my top schools right now,” he said. “I have a great relationship with Coach [Jeremy] Springer, Coach [Noel] Mazzone and I feel really comfortable playing in their system.”
Before Price makes any firm decisions, he said that he is looking to take some visits this spring. He said that besides Arizona and A&M, he’s interested in taking a closer look at Utah, and Boston College has continued to make him a priority.
With an offer from A&M now added to his list, there is a reasonable expectation that other teams will ramp up their efforts to bring him in before it’s too late.
“I definitely want to get out to the west coast that have shown me interest and want me to come out there,” he said. “Oklahoma State is another school but after that, hopefully I’ll start seeing where things go from there.”