- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 1, 2010

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ejuan Price is the centerpiece of the Woodland Hills defense, the unit is that carried the team to the southwestern Pennsylvania large-school district title last season.

Woodland Hills went through a 12-week stretch in which it allowed more than seven points only three times and shut out its opponent in the district championship game.

It’s an experience Price _ on The Associated Press East Region 25 list of top recruits _ said he will never forget.

“Success breeds success,” said longtime coach George Novak. “He’s proven he’s a winner, and he’s a team leader.”

Price said being part of a defense like that “gives you confidence and puts you in the mindset of how a defense should play.”

Novak, who has coached five district title teams in the past 15 years at the school, called Price “probably the strongest kid we have ever had” at Woodland Hills.

“And he can run. He’s fast. He can run a 4.5 40 and can dunk a basketball. He’s very athletic,” Novak said.

As a junior, Price led the team in sacks with 11 and was second in tackles with 103. That type of season wasn’t enough to satisfy him.

“I was kind of an impact player,” he said, “but I want to be even more of an impact this year.”

Price is practicing at tight end, fullback and guard, too, and also is quite capable of making an impact on offense.

He has a 3.2 GPA and above-average scores on his SATs and more than a dozen schools offered scholarships before Price whittled that list to two _ Iowa and Ohio State. He initially wanted to make a decision before the season started but now says he might push that timeline back a bit.

“Wherever he goes, he’ll excel,” Novak said. “He’s the kind of kid you’d want your daughter to meet someday. And he’s a big-time player.”