December 7, 2008

St. John Bosco duo will trip to Arizona State

A pair of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco teammates who are soft commits to other schools will be among the double-digit official visitors to Arizona State on the weekend of Dec. 12. Keith Price a dual-threat quarterback, and athlete Will Shamburger are expected in Tempe.

Price, 6-foot-1, 176 pounds, verbally pledged Washington in July, but is looking at other college options due to the pending coaching change at the school. Tyrone Willingham will be replaced by USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

"I know they brought in coach Sarkisian," Price said. "I'm waiting to meet him. I think I'm going to take a trip up there and see what he's like but I'm pretty much open right now."

Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State are the schools Price is considering in addition to Washington.

Price visited Oregon officially in mid-November and came away impressed.

"They are recruiting me hard," Price said. "That was my first visit. Their facilities are just ridiculous. They have a lot of money. It was a lot of fun. My host was (freshman quarterback) Darron Thomas. Their whole team was really cool. I really liked it."

Safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick is recruiting both players for the Sun Devils.

"I finally started to talk to him about three weeks ago," Price said of Lubick. "He's a cool guy. He's been calling me once a week and keeping me informed on everything about the school so it's going real good. I just want to see how everything compares (with Oregon and ASU), which one I liked better. Arizona is closer than all those other schools so that's a plus."

Price is aware the Sun Devils are expecting to add Montana quarterback Brock Osweiler into the fold next year, but said he is still high on the program for several reasons.

"I want be a part of a program where I can run the ball and still throw the ball," Price said. "That's what they were talking about (at ASU). Me coming in early, probably not going to be a starter right away, but at least competing on the depth chart as a true freshman so that would be cool.

"I don't want to be (in an offense that is) completely spread. I want it to be spread and under center. Coach Lubick was telling me they were thinking about going to more spread formations. I'm trying to mix it all up. Especially if they bring me in and base it on my talents. The main thing is, I want to play quarterback in college I've never played another position in my life."

Primarily, Price said he wants to play for a winner.

"That's the main thing, Washington is struggling right now but they have a lot of young guys and I think they'll be okay," Price said. I've heard a lot about coach (Dennis) Erickson and I've heard he's a great coach. I want to play for a coach like that."

Shamburger, 6-foot-0, 180 pounds, is being recruited as a safety by most colleges, but he said ASU likes his potential on both sides of the football.

"Coach Lubick likes me at safety but he also said their offensive coordinator likes me as a receiver so they are just recruiting me as an athlete.

Currently, Shamburger considers himself a soft commit to Boise State, after pledging the school in August. He's looking around, however, and will take a trip to ASU this weekend and Washington State on Jan. 16 along with Price.

Shamburger said he holds offers from Boise State, Utah and Washington State.

"I'm open to any college coaches out there as of right now and I'm still considering Boise State, Washington State and Utah but I really like Arizona State and I'm kind of hoping they offer me when I'm out there.

"It's kind of between Boise State and Arizona State as far as my favorite right now. If ASU offers me that would really help them."

Price and Shamburger do not consider themselves a package deal, though they both said they'd like playing with each other in college if the right opportunity presents itself.

St. John Bosco saw its season come to an end with a Nov. 14 loss to Servite. The Braves went 7-3 on the season.

Price completed 143-of-200 pass attempts for 2,260 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also led the team with 119 rushes for 579 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Shamburger had 34 receptions for 598 yards and eight touchdowns, leading the team in all categories. On defense he had 40 tackles, two interceptions and 2.5 sacks.

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