TAMPA – Born in Tallahassee, Christian Price made the move down to Tampa with his mom two years ago. The two drove four hours south on I-75 to take care of his aunt who was battling breast cancer at the time. She survived and now Price is settling in as a key cog for Leto football.
The rising junior stands at 5’10 1/2″, 162 lbs. and will start at cornerback. Price came up to varsity late as a freshman, but it was last year where he learned what it meant to be a varsity football player.
“I learned a lot from my sophomore year, specifically to always remain humble with my team because hard work pays off in the long run,” Price told Prep Sports Scouting. “Also, that I’ve got to be a better all-around athlete.”
Price shuffled in as an outside wide receiver last season and will do the same this season while taking over as the team’s kick returner.
He says he can alternate to free or strong safety when need be and that with the help of junior Cristian Ramos and sophomore Jeremy Reid, it makes the secondary versatile.
Sixth-year Falcons head coach Matt Kitchie has had a hard time with this program posting a 1-48 record over the past five years. The last winning record and playoff appearance for Leto came in 1999 when head coach Andy Martin led them to a 9-4 record and a region final showing. Despite all that, Price is feeling comfortable with this group.
“This year I can confidently tell you that my team will be giving it all they have this year. Also, you will continue to see the core of our defense expand with the help of Kaleb Harding, Vashawn Jackson, etc.
..This is going to be a great year for me as long as I continue to become better and it’s a year to wake up all the doubters who slept on me.”
Price says playing for coach Kitchie has helped him grow as a person on and off the field.
“He [Kitchie] has taught me a lot of skills as a player but most of all, he helped me become a man with better character. I’m sure we will turn it around this year because the work ethic of this team has been outstanding.
..Former teammates used to slack off with workouts and practice but if you take a look at the team we have now, everyone tries their hardest no matter what.”
Starting his football life at age 6, he’s always lined up as a cornerback and wide receiver. Price says he gained his confidence from learning techniques from Leto defensive backs coach Donnie Elder.
As for his biggest strengths, he pointed to his man and coverage skills while he’s aiming to improve tackling with more aggression this season.
Price’s favorite part about football is the excitement he gets from being under the lights on Friday nights. His least favorite is taking days off because he says “you can’t get better if you don’t work to be the best.”
When it comes to role models in his life, his older brother Alquedrion Price, a 2016 Havana East Gadsden graduate and current member of the New Mexico Military (JUCO) football team. He calls coach Elder one of his other big role models as well.
“They both keep me motivated and tell me to stay humble and outwork any competition in front of me.”
No offers or interest have come Price’s way, but he still has a long way to go entering his junior season. He says he just wants to get an opportunity to accomplish his lifelong dream of playing college football. After that, it’s all about graduating and having that chance at reaching the NFL.
Much like his older brother Alquedrion, Christian Price may not be the tallest or fastest player on any given Friday, but he brings contagious energy that is evident on every snap.
Price is a fun player to watch. In his second full varsity year, he should be able to build off of his solid sophomore campaign. Leto football needs playmakers to be successful and they certainly have one in Christian Price.
Favorite players to watch – Bengals DB Darqueze Dennard, Jaguars DB Jalen Ramsey and FSU S Derwin James
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, YFN Lucci, G Herbo and Lud Foe
Favorite movie – Paid in Full
Favorite TV show – The U – ESPN Films: 30 for 30
Nicknames from teammates or friends – “CP” and “Tallahassee”
Game film: Price’s Hudl tape
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