There was a time when Crowley’s Jacq’co Price looked at Tulane as an almost unreachable opportunity.
That was until the Green Wave extended a scholarship and twice hosted Price for camps.
The more Price visited Tulane’s campus and finally mingled with its players for the upcoming season, the more comfortable the 6-foot-2, 165-pound wide receiver became, taking that a step farther with a commitment after Saturday’s camp.
“They were one of the first to offer me,” Price said. “After that I decided I was going to look into going there because (at first) I didn’t think Tulane would want me. It was kind of a surprise.”
With Tulane’s camp serving as his final stop of the summer, the timing for Price couldn’t have been better.
With seven scholarship offers to his credit, Price realized it would be beneficial to end his recruiting process before the start of his senior season.
Price said he selected Tulane over Louisiana-Lafayette, which he twice camped at this summer, and over offers from Memphis, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, Southeastern and Southern.
“I was kind of thinking about getting the recruiting over with,” he said. “Tulane made me feel at home, and it was somewhere I wanted to be. I met some of their players, and they broke it down and kept it real with me. I can concentrate more on my senior season and help my team win 15 games.”
During his two years as a starter at Crowley, Price has established himself as a big-play threat with game-breaking type speed. He’s consistently run 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and was third in the 200-meter dash at the Class 4A state outdoor track meet.
“He’s got great speed and hips, great length and is extremely coachable,” Crowley coach Josh Fontenot said. “I think it will be a quick, smooth transition for him because of his character and work ethic. The rest will take care of itself.”
Price’s elusiveness isn’t confined to his ability to turn short passes into long gains, but he’s also proven to be a weapon on special teams with 18 kickoff returns for a 23.9 average and touchdown.
Price earned first-team All-District 4-4A honors at wide receiver, catching 28 passes for 428 yards (15.3 yards per catch) and four touchdowns. He also was a first-team all-district as a return specialist and defensive back.
Crowley finished 8-3 and was the district runner-up to LaGrange. The Gents fell to East Jefferson in the first round of the state playoffs.
Price, who also camped at LSU, Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State, said he took part Saturday in the one-on-one drills, and later, along with his mother, met afterward with Tulane coach Curtis Johnson.
With several coaches on hand, including wide receivers coach Carter Sheridan, Price said after his mother finished speaking with Johnson, he made up his mind and committed.
“I felt that maybe I’m the piece of the puzzle they need,” Price said of Tulane, which went 3-9 last season. “Maybe, I can help them win some games.”