Simeon Price

Three-star WR/CB Simeon Price (6-0 204) of Pensacola, FL got a call recently from USC recruiter Bobby Bentley who delivered an offer to Price based off what he and Will Muschamp had seen of his film. Apparently what they saw was a two-way prospect who reminded them of a pair of Gamecock all-time greats.

“First thing they talked about was my versatility,” Price said. “I pride myself in being a smart player, being able to read body languages and really just make plays all over the field. We talked about using me as maybe like Deebo Samuel when he was at South Carolina. He also mentioned if I happen to be on the defensive side ball I’d be a Nickel guy, kind of like Stephon Gilmore.”

Price did a little bit of everything for his West Florida Tech High School team, playing some quarterback, running back, receiver and cornerback. Price said he does not have a preferred position and just tries to excel wherever he’s placed.

“I pride myself on whatever position you’re in, you have to react to that and read the other guys,” Price said. “If you are at corner, you’ve got to read the body language of the receiver, running back the body language of the whole defense, and so-on and so-forth. You have to stay locked in at all times. I’m pretty results driven. Whatever the coach says, man we need you to do this, I’m all for that. I want to win and I want to bring as many championships to whatever team I’m on.”

The Gamecocks would love to have Price come help them win championships, and at this point, they are very much in the mix.

“It’s definitely a top five school,” Price said. “It did nothing but put a huge smile on my face when I got the text from Coach (Bobby) Bentley. It’s a great atmosphere up there. It’s just like an everlasting legacy. The players that have been there before, I want to play for them also.”

Price has not visited USC but he plans to as soon as he can. He visited Florida State in January. He said other schools standing out with him early on are Oklahoma, Virginia, Tennessee and Nebraska.

Price said he won’t rush the process and he does not plan to sign with a school until next February. And he’s got a good idea of what he’ll be looking for in his college choice.

“I look to major in broadcast journalism or sports medicine,” Price said. “Definitely the relationships with the coaches. And when I get to college, the opportunities for graduating early, declare for the draft and leave after your junior year. It’s things like that that will stand out to me.”