Class of 2011

Givens Price

PositionOL
Height6-4
Weight275
HometownHouston, TX
High schoolAlief Taylor

Price, whose full name is Givens Marvelous Mordi Price, became NU's fifth offensive lineman in its 2011 recruiting class with his commitment, which came after an in-home visit from Husker assistant coach Mike Ekeler, according to Rivals.com.

Previously committed to Rice, Price joined Ryne Reeves, Tyler Moore, Ryan Klachko and Zach Sterup as NU offensive line recruits. Price also had offers from Baylor and Texas-El Paso, with other interest from Missouri.

Price, who skipped the fourth grade and sandwiched two other years of school into one, will only be 16 when he begins classes at Nebraska. He played tackle on both sides last season for Alief Taylor, and registered 72 pancake blocks for a 10-2 team that was a Class 5-A district champ, helping Alief Taylor High to a school-record 2,728 rushing yards as well as 410.5 total yards and 39.6 points per game. He considers himself a fast learner and also believes he could play guard.

“Anything to help the team,” said Price, the son of parents who lived in Nigeria before moving to the United States. “Right now they think I can take a redshirt, and preferably that’s what I want to do.”

Alief Taylor coach JD Jordan said Price has good agility and speed, and said one of his best traits might be his ability to lead.

“He’s aggressive. He likes to come off and finish blocks," Jordan said. "He doesn’t go to block and then that’s it. He’s going to finish them.”

Price was named a second-team All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle and also was an academic all-district pick as a senior. A three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, and Scout ranks Price as the No. 62 guard nationally.

Our take: One of the intriguing pieces to this recruiting class heavy with offensive linemen. Ticketed to start out at tackle and likely to be a bigger one down the road if he keeps growing — probable considering his age. Not somebody you’ll see right away, but somebody who Jordan says Husker fans will grow to like him because of his personality, dedication and team-first attitude.

Photo Credit: Christopher Patronella, Jr./Houston Chronicle

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