Jimmy Price

TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE sophomore offensive lineman Jimmy Price (seated) signed with Washington State University on Wednesday in the Jimmy Butler Lobby at Wagstaff Gymnasium. Price is shown with his family (from left) grandparents Ralph and Connie Yargo, mother Lauren Yargo Price, aunt Pam Yargo Morris and uncle Jay Morris.

After graduating from Houston Stratford High School, offensive lineman Jimmy Price was not receiving much recruiting buzz.

Two years later, Price received phone calls, emails and texts nonstop from all over the country, ultimately picking Washington State University as his next destination. The Cougars are coached by Mike Leach.

"I love Coach Leach, he's an eccentric guy kind of like me," said the 6-5, 290-pound Tyler Junior College sophomore. "I thought we bonded."

Price chose the Pac12 school over 19 schools, including Arizona State and a host of Conference USA schools.

After starting two games as a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University, Price wanted something different.

While in Nacogdoches, he decided to transfer to TJC in hopes of eventually landing a Division I offer.

New TJC coach Thomas Rocco said Price bet on himself and now will play major college football. 

"Jimmy came to TJC and (former head) Coach (Danny) Palmer and (offensive coordinator) Coach (Matt) Gordon loved him from day 1," Rocco said. "Jimmy took to (the program) and ran with it. Then he started getting attention once the film got out."

Price had a 3.3 grade point average in the fall.

"That's a big reason why Jimmy is where he is," Rocco said of his GPA. 

Price signed his letter in the Jimmy Butler Lobby of Wagstaff Gymnasium with his coaches, teammates and family looking on, including his mother Lauren Yargo Price of Austin, grandparents Ralph and Connie Yargo of Austin and aunt and uncle Pam Yargo Morris and Jay Morris of Little Rock, Arkansas.

"I give thanks to Coach Palmer, Coach Rocco and Coach Gordon for helping me," Price said. "I loved it at TJC. It is a family atmosphere. All my teammates and coaches pushed us to play hard and get better. I also learned to be a better student. You can't be a student-athlete without being a student first."

Price will return to Texas during the 2019 season as Washington State plays the University of Houston on Sept. 21 at NRG Stadium.

The new Cougar Price, who will graduate from TJC in May, added, "It is time for us to beat Houston."

Price was one of 20 Apaches to sign with four-year schools. Many are already attending classes at their new schools.

Other TJC players signing include: WR Justin Bailey (Southwest Oklahoma State); OL Joseph Bell (Henderson State); WR Davion Curtis (McNeese State); LB Brennon Davis (New Mexico State); DL Cody Dillard (Grambling State); LB Sherry Durand (Texas Southern); DL Koby Foster (Grambling State); WR Cameron High of Jacksonville (West Texas A&M); DL David Hogue (Arkansas-Monticello); DB LaDarian Hudson (West Texas A&M); DL Will Jones (SMU); TE Ronald Killen (Tarleton State); LB Rashad King (Howard Payne); WR Otis Lanier (Midwestern State); DB JewMonte Lewis (West Texas A&M); TE Eric O'Quinn (Henderson State); K/P Blake Patterson (Houston Baptist); DB KJ Turner (Washburn); and OL Daniel Wilkins (Houston Baptist).

   

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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 34 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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