UCLA fans have been on needles and pins regarding the recruitment of four-star defensive tackle Brian Price (6-2, 280, 4.9) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. The last time Troy pursued anyone as much as Price was in The Iliad of Homer when Paris stole Helen away with the help of the Gods.
After Price was able to thwart the advances the Trojans made, (the Gods must be sleeping) out of the blue another suitor came on the scene and with a much more effective tack.
In fact, Price decided to take a visit to Arizona State to see what the Sun Devils had to offer, much to the chagrin of UCLA fans.
Making Bruin fans even more uncomfortable was the word that the visit to Arizona State went great and even worse that he may be wavering.
New ASU head coach Dennis Erickson even compared Price to his former standout defensive tackle Warren Sapp. He coached Sapp during his tenure with the Miami Hurricanes.
"The visit to Arizona State went really well," Price said. "It was great meeting a legendary coach in Coach Erickson."
You could almost feel every fan of UCLA break out in a collective sweat with that quote.
"I met a couple of players who were really cool." Price said. "Like I said the trip went great.
"Coach Erickson said they need me and they want me to be a main factor in helping them win a national championship," Price said. "This visit doesn't change my mind.
"I've been committed to UCLA since March and there has been a lot thrown my and I stayed solid," Price said. "48 hours isn't going to change that.
"My commitment to UCLA stays strong," Price said. "Coach DeWayne Walker is a great coach and (defensive line) Coach Todd Howard is too.
"UCLA is where I want to be."
The reason that Price has been such a highly coveted recruit is he's the best defensive tackle on the west coast and the nation.
As a senior, Price racked up 83 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and two recovered fumbles. He was able to accomplish those stats while playing both ways and always being double or triple teamed.
City Champ Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham head coach Ed Croson told BruinBlitz.com that he had Price accounted for on every play.
Price as the Los Angeles City Section Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.