LEXINGTON, Ky. — E.J. Price, a former 4-star offensive tackle and top-100 prospect, announced Monday that he is committing to Kentucky after transferring from Southern California.
The 6-foot-6 product from Lawrenceville, Ga. — the same hometown as 2018 Kentucky quarterback commit Jarren Williams — decided to transfer from the Trojans just three games into his freshman season in 2016.
— E.j. Price (@Goaldyn) July 17, 2017
Price visited Kentucky on Sunday and took a photo with quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw and offensive line coach John Schlarman. His commitment followed soon after.
Price will sit out the 2017 season and have three years of eligibility starting in 2018.
He was the 89th-ranked prospect in the 2016 class and the No. 10 offensive tackle, according to 247Sports. Price held 34 offers coming out of high school. He committed to USC over a list that included Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Clemson and Oklahoma.
Price would’ve been the second-ranked Kentucky signee in 2016 behind fellow offensive tackle Landon Young.
USC coach Clay Helton reportedly said Price’s transfer decision came down to proximity.
“E.J. has some personal family issues that are going on — a lot of homesickness and missing family really bad,” Helton said last September. “With us sitting down and visiting, [we] really felt, mutually, that it was important for him to go find a school that is closer to home, where he can deal with his family.”