Together until the end

CITRA, Fla. -- Given all the time that Citra (Fla.) North Marion teammates LaTroy Pittman and Sean Price have spent on the football field together it's appropriate that they will end their prep careers on the same field.

Pittman, the ESPNU 150 wide receiver Florida commit, and Price, the four-star tight end commit to South Florida, received their Under Armour All-American jerseys Tuesday morning as part of the American Family Insurance jersey presentation tour.

"It's a great honor to be named an Under Armour All-American and play with the best competition in the world," Pittman said. "This is something I've dreamed about and worked the last four years to achieve."

Pittman and Price have been teammates since their middle school days.

"It's always been the two of us and our other teammate, Jamie Gilmore," Price said. "We have been playing together so long and it feels great that we're all going to have an opportunity to get to the next level."

Pittman, 6-foot and 185 pounds, is a physical presence on the field that can make any catch and takes pleasure in his blocking. He wants to bring the same efforts to Gainesville next fall.

"I think I can come in and be a physical receiver, be a playmaker and help other guys make plays," Pittman said. "I like blocking downfield, blocking for the running backs and doing the little things that people don't always see.

"Those are the types of players that Coach [Will] Muschamp wants on the teams. I'm a guy ready to sacrifice to win a championship."

Price, 6-2 and 225-pounder, is a tight end known for his deft pass-catching abilities. One-handed grabs are nothing new for Price but they will bring a new element to South Florida's offense.

He had offers from several major programs in the Southeast but has stuck with the Bulls throughout.

"I think USF provides a unique opportunity to become a legendary name for a young program," Price said. "They haven't had too many players like me before. A tight end that can stretch the field and make explosive plays on offense.

"It's a great opportunity to help lead a program to places they haven't been before. I love the coaches, I think the players and the community is hungry for success."

The community at North Marion is also hungry for successs as the program has consistently gotten into the third week of the playoffs but has yet to play for a state championship.

Pittman and Price are ready to change that.

"We've had a lot of tough games and it's just made us stronger for this playoff rush," Pittman said. "I've went up against some of the top players in the area like P.J. Williams right at [Ocala] Vanguard and Chris Bivins at Gainesville. I feel like I won't face defensive backs better than them in the playoffs."

"I just really want to bring a state championship to the school, the community and the coaching staff," Price added. "The coaches have always put us in a position to succeed and taught us the right things. The community is so supportive and shows up every week.

"Winning a championship is probably the best way to say thank you."

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.