Reston, Va., wide receiver A.J. Price visited Penn State over weekend as his recruitment was winding down and the result was positive for Nittany Lion fans.
I actually committed to Penn State this morning, Price said. It was one of those things were you meet Joe Paterno and he tells you that he wants you on his team, you can't say no.
Price visited with his mom and was hosted by current Penn State wide receiver Deon Butler.
We got up to Penn State Friday around 3 o'clock, Price said. My host was Deon Butler and we hung out a lot all weekend. He was a really cool guy.
I met Coach Joe Paterno in the football building just as all the coaches were walking in, Price added. It was kind of funny because the first thing he did was say hello to me, but walked right past and was talking with my mom. They had spoken on the phone before so I guess he had more to say.
Price was able to spend a lot of time with all of the coaches at Penn State this weekend, and had long conversations with Larry Johnson and Mike McQueary. Johnson recruits Northern Virginia for the Lions, while McQueary is the recruiting coordinator and coaches wideouts at PSU.
We had breakfast Saturday morning with Coach Joe Paterno, Coach Larry Johnson and Coach Mike McQueary, Price said. I was also able to talk to the academics people about everything, including what I hope to major in, history and religious studies.
So what was the key for the Nittany Lions in securing the verbal commitment?
It just felt like the right place; it is hard to explain, Price said. I really feel comfortable with Coach McQueary and Coach Johnson and trust them to take care of me at Penn State. It is really a family atmosphere and the academics and academic support is really what pushed them ahead of Virginia for me.
Price is the 13th commitment for Penn State this recruiting season and brings a lot of size to the wide receiver position at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds.
Want to hear more from Price? He is scheduled to stop by FightOnState.com Monday at 7 p.m.