July 1, 2009

'Purdue is the leader'

When Florida cornerback Jabari Price officially got his Purdue offer, it significantly changed the outlook of his recruitment.

The Boilermakers moved straight to the top of his list, a step ahead of three other finalists.

"Purdue's No. 1 exactly," said Price, a 5-foot-11, 171-pound native of Pompano Beach, Fla. "I'm going to take a visit with my family sometime during the season, to make sure and get a good look at the campus."

Price, a senior-to-be at Ely High School and three-star Rivals.com prospect, says North Carolina, which recently offered following a one-day camp, Minnesota and Kansas State are his three other finalists. It's possible that Vanderbilt and Florida, two schools where he plans to camp soon, could also play a part in his recruitment.

Although Purdue's currently his clear leader, Price says he plans to take all of his official visits this fall. One, to visit Tim Brewster's Golden Gophers, has already been set for Sept. 12. Price says Purdue coach Terrell Williams is working to set up a date for him to come to West Lafayette, and he's making plans to get to Minnesota and K-State as well.

"I haven't decided who the fifth institution would be yet," said Price, who has six offers total, "but more than likely I'm going to take a visit to all four of those schools."

Even though he's taking those visits - and likely some other unofficial ones to nearby schools - Price says it would take quite the comeback to overcome the Boilers at this point.

"I wouldn't see that happening," he said, "but I want to take all my visits to make sure I make the right decision on signing day. North Carolina and some of these other schools might have something that Purdue doesn't have, and I'm just curious. But as of now, Purdue is the leader."

Price says Williams has done well in outlining why the Boilermakers should be his top choice. It helps significantly, he says, that Purdue will soon have two openings at cornerback, where starters David Pender and Brandon King will graduate following the '09 season.

"I know how they have a thing for Florida guys," Price said, "and they have two senior cornerbacks now. That really makes a big difference as far as recruiting.

"I talked to Coach (Danny) Hope two or three weeks ago and he was actually talking about me coming in as a freshman and starting."

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