Lindale Receiver Kendrick Price Jr. Commits To Northwestern State
A whirlwind month ended Sunday for Lindale senior receiver Kendrick Price Jr.
Price, who confirmed the news to ETSN.fm, verbally committed to Northwestern State on Sunday in favor of a second college football scholarship opportunity from Southern Arkansas of the NCAA Division II classification. He held no offers before Dec. 23.
It took Price (6-3, 190) 17 days of decision making to conclude the Demons program was the best fit.
Northwestern State, based in Natchitoches, La., finished its season with a 4-5 Southland Conference record and a 4-7 overall mark. Two losses came against bigger programs in Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State.
Through a 108-year history, the Demons have won 12 conference titles and own a 631-398-40 all-time record. Northwestern State has reached the FCS postseason six times.
Price served as Lindale's best vertical threat during his senior season and was the offense's most elusive player in space. In a very balanced offense, he recorded five touchdowns and 683 yards on 42 catches.
The receiver helped guide Lindale -- one of the smallest Class 5A schools in the state -- to perhaps the most impressive 5-5 regular season record of the year. Four of the five losses came by less than a touchdown, and three of the losses came inside the final minute of the game.
Lindale's worst defeat of the year came against John Tyler, the ultimate District 16-5A champion, by 10 points.
Despite the adversity, Price and company managed to reach the Class 5A Division II postseason by winning a fourth-place tiebreaker against Nacogdoches and Corsicana on point differential.
The season ended with a four-point loss to a Marshall team with a 9-1 record in the opening round of the playoffs. Marshall traveled two more rounds.
Price's best asset is his on-field vision.
Some of the receiver's top plays were short routes and screens he managed to ride out behind blockers before choosing to hit top speed. His vision also allowed him to be a quasi-running game threat as the team’s second favorite sweep option behind fellow receiver Tayton Williams.
Northwestern State now has three East Texas verbal commitments as part of its shortly-to-sign recruiting class. Chapel Hill kicking specialist Austyn Fendrick and Chapel Hill offensive lineman Jeremy West also have accepted scholarship offers from the program.
Price competed against those two players four times in his career and went 3-1.
The familiarity won't end there once the receiver reaches Natchitoches. Five other former players from the region will be part of Northwestern State's 2016 team.
Of those five, Price faced former John Tyler cornerback Isaac Warren and former Van defensive end Brice Borgeson in games.
All senior high school football players with scholarship opportunities will become eligible to formally sign with the school of their choice Feb. 3.