Big Things Expected From Price
With football season fast approaching and the return of school about a month away, Paden City’s Deven Price is for his senior year to begin.Price, who stands 5-10 and weighs 170 pounds, has been working out this summer by playing basketball, attending camps and lifting, he has added some muscle and increased his overall speed. According to Price, he has high hopes for the Wildcats this fall.
“The goal I’ve had since my freshman year has been to get to the playoffs, I want to help make that happen, not just for me but for the school and the whole community. It would be great to have that winning feeling back once again,” he said.
Price can certainly add some excitement to the Cat’s football program. As a junior, he had 786 all purpose yards with 21 catches for 418 yards and nine TD’s. He averaged 19.3 yards per catch. He also returned punts and kickoffs. Price has great speed and at a recent camp was clocked at 4.6 in the 40 yard dash.
This will be Price’s fourth year as a starter on offense and defense for the Wildcat’s football team. He also starts on all special teams.
Most of his action comes as a slot receiver where he is a threat to score at any time. He has also made some big plays on defense at the corner position.
Wildcat head football coach Brent Croasmun said he is expecting big things from this senior to be.
“Deven made some big catches for us last year, he has continually improved since starting as a freshman. He is able to stretch the defense with his speed and quickness, he has good hands and has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. We’re expecting Deven to step up and be a leader on our football team this year, he will be an exciting player to watch on the field, as good as he is on offense, he can be just as exciting on the defensive side of the ball,” Croasmun said.
Price is also a major player on the wildcat’s varsity basketball team. Head boys basketball coach Fred King said Price has been on the team since his freshman year and has improved with each season, he can take the ball to the bucket, bring it up the floor or knock down a three. King went on to say that Price is a role player who he’s not afraid to use at any moment of the game, especially when defense is needed.
“With Deven’s versatility, we can use him at three different positions, this helps us tremendously when it comes to substitutions. He’s the type of player who will go into the game and make something happen and help turn a game around in our favor,” King said.
Price is a dedicated athlete who loves sports and has been playing competitively since he was five-years-old. At Paden City, he has lettered two years in baseball for the Wildcats but he has lettered his first three years as a hurdler for coach Kim Huffman’s team. As a freshman he was on the winning OVAC 1A-AA shuttle team. He has also made it to state all three seasons.
As a sophomore, he placed at the state track meet in the shuttles and the high hurdles. This past year, Price ran in two events in Charleston despite being out the majority of the season with injuries and surgery. Price hopes that he will run track at the next level and wants to go into sports medicine or become a physical therapist.
“I really appreciate Coach Croasmun, Coach King and Coach Huffman, they have helped me so much and have made me into the athlete that I am today. I am also forever grateful to my mother, who has always been there for me,” said Price.