Ejuan Price joins Pittsburgh

Former Ohio State signee Ejuan Price joined Pittsburgh on Tuesday and is eligible to play for the Panthers this fall.

The Woodland Hills (Pa.) linebacker originally signed with the Buckeyes in February but recently asked for and was granted his release from Ohio State. ESPN ranked Price the No. 12 linebacker prospect in the nation in the class of 2011.

“Ejuan Price is an outstanding addition to our freshman class,” coach Todd Graham said in a statement. “He comes from a tremendous football program in Woodland Hills. Ejuan is an explosive player who has great leadership abilities. He will fit in well with our defensive schemes and philosophies.”

The 6-foot, 235-pound Price was selected All-State Class AAAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers and played both as a tight end and linebacker. He had a hard time deciding between Ohio State and Pittsburgh back in February. The turmoil at Ohio State was a big factor in his decision to ask for his release.

It stands to reason Price will be given every opportunity to be a contributor this season. There is uncertainty at the linebacker position headed into the fall. Pittsburgh is switching to a 3-4 and experimented with different lineups there this spring. Dan Mason is still recovering from a brutal knee injury and Todd Thomas also missed the spring with an injury. There is talent at the position with the return of Max Gruder, Greg Williams and Tristan Roberts. Adding Price into the mix is a bonus.