When discussing NFL prospects in general, something that often goes overlooked is their attitude and overall influence both on and off the field. The type of guys who seem to stick on an NFL roster for roughly a decade are those with superb work ethic, competitiveness and a positive team attitude.
Let me introduce you to Andre Price. I’ve never talked to a player who seemed to want it as much as Andre does. He’s a dog on the field, and a student of the game off of it. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it to the next level. At 6’4”/210 he has that frame you look for in big-bodied receivers, along with the athletic background as he was a decorated track star in high school.
Q: Hailing from California and starting your career in-state at Grossmont College, what led you to transfer all the way to the east coast in Pennsylvania?
A: Originally coming out of JUCO I had other plans to play in the Big Sky Conference, but due to an issue with my D1 eligibility, which was an issue I didn’t find out about until late in the game, that had me start my entire recruiting process all over again. When I was going through my D2 choices there were a lot of good programs that I could’ve been apart of. But the coaches here at Lincoln were the most consistent and showed the most interest by calling me daily and staying interested, plus I wanted to take on the challenge of trying to turn around a program that hadn’t seen many good seasons.
Q: Ball is in the air, you’re 30 yards downfield with a DB right on your back, what’s the first thing that goes through your mind?
A: Depending on placement I’m reacting to what would be the best way for me to make the catch. So that could be waiting until the very last second to go up and get the ball just to make the DB uncomfortable and possibly jump or turn around early. I could use my leverage on the DB and slow my momentum down in a step or two to make the catch and get some extra yards on him, or I’ll put myself in a position where I’m between the defender and the ball and go up and get the ball and secure the catch. All three have the same focus, when the ball is in the air I zero in on the ball and look for a tiny detail of the ball to help with my hand placement and attacking the ball.
Q: What would you say is your most effective route?
A: During the season it was a vertical, my personal choice would be digs and posts. Unless we’re in the red zone then you could just put it up and there and find out who’s more hungry for it.
Q: What NFL player would you say you model your game after?
A: Jermaine Kearse or Alshon Jeffery, from body type to skill set! They both have the ability to make tough plays on the ball, Jermaine because he is able to run the full route tree, and my size allows myself to use my body to make plays in traffic and my attitude and hard work carries over on the field with run after the catch! I refuse to be tackled and attack EVERY yard I possibly can. Alshon because even though he isn’t fast, he is a very dangerous deep threat because of his ability to play the deep ball with body control and attitude.
Q: What was the toughest obstacle you had to overcome early in your transfer process?
A: I would have to say the trials that came with earning the degree in order to transfer out of junior college. There were a lot of things that were happening that I couldn’t control that was making it difficult for me to be a student. I finished up the last two months living out of my car and missing meals. But I needed to finish in order to obtain my degree and move on. Took on an overload of classes, not having a roof and at times meals, it made life difficult. Plus I prioritized my preparation for the next season, wasn’t even signed to anyone yet but I just knew someone was going to take a chance on me and when they did I was going to be sure I gave the ones that found me, a true diamond in the rough, a return on their investment.
Q: This past season Lincoln suffered a 1-9 season, losing 8 of their last 9 games. Describe the atmosphere in the locker room. Was it hard to keep a positive attitude?
A: After games there was a lot of conflict, a lot of blame shifting, and a lot of questions that came from frustration regarding play calls and situations. My mentality towards the losses and the locker room was to keep trying to get right back toward preparation and improvement. I also played peacekeeper in order to prevent a division amongst teammates and the team turning the coaches against one another. Always tried to look at the bigger picture and the bright side, understanding there’s nothing we could do about the game anymore but we can still move forward and get ready for the next team.
Q: You are set to play in the FCS Bowl. What about the experience are you most excited for?
A: The opportunity to prove to myself and anyone who has doubts about me who I am on the field, also to show the ones who support me that they aren’t wrong. I’m taking this entire experience and opportunity to make marks, make statements, and plead my case being that I have ability. Being on the field with athletes form multiple conferences and multiple levels will show that I am a competitor regardless of who’s in front of me.
Q: What would you say is the best trait in your game? What do you think you need to improve on?
A: My best trait is that I never give up, and I never stop fighting. Regardless if we’re up or losing by 20+ I’m going to be out there competing, I don’t ever even look at the clock or scoreboard until the game is over, I just keep competing. Things I need to work on would probably be my open field decisions. Other than running aggressive and making cuts to gain yards I need to be able to bring something else to the table as far as open field running is concerned.
Q: Sell yourself to an NFL GM. Why should they draft you?
A: When it comes to looking for a receiver or an athlete you’d like to represent your team you’re going to find players who time faster in the 40, you’re going to find players who played at bigger schools, and you’re going to find players who have other connections. But if you want someone who’s going to give everything they have and more on and off the field regardless of who’s in front of them. And if you want someone who is going to make every sacrifice in order to serve you and show through efforts and attitude, their gratitude and how thankful they are just for the opportunity to be involved because it’s an opportunity that saves many lives then look no further. This isn’t something I do just for myself, I do it for my family that’s here, gone, and that’s to come. I’d hope I could be in a position to prove this to you in something you could feel and not something I could tell you. Giving me an opportunity doesn’t just sign a kid who you think can play, it brings in a player who is going to try with all his might to make the overall franchise better day in and day out. And I’m willing to do whatever it takes, if it’s being at the facility at 3 AM for extra work, or being the first one to jump up and run for the water when you say you’re thirsty I’ll be the one. Allow me to show you better than I can tell you.
Q: You were decorated in track and field during high school. Would you say that gives you an edge when it comes to athletic testing compared to other players?
A: I would say it contributed to my core strength, my speed, and my jumping ability at the wide receiver position. Going into conference competition for triple jump in high school contributed to learning how to explode and jump off one foot.
Q: You spend a lot of involving yourself in the community. What is your favorite thing about giving back?
A: The expressions on peoples faces when you go back and help them. The beauty in giving back in my eyes has always been the influence and memories you live with the people you give back to. Especially if you’re well known, I’ve had a couple times where I was noticed and a couple kids told me I was their favorite player. So when I was able to give back to them and leave a good mark it gives me something I can appreciate outside of football.
Q: A 40 time can make or break your draft stock. Listed at 6’4’’/210, what do you expect to post in the 40 yard dash?
A: Through all my training I’m expecting nothing under a 4.5. I know if I’m able to reach that 4.5 range it will open a few eyes, but if I hit the 4.6 it’ll also cause some to turn away from me. I understand how much a 40 time is important to draft stock, but at the end of the day I’m a football player. I feel like I may not be the type to blow you away with my 40 time but my play will still stand out.