Jackson Price inks LOI with Division I Colgate

Reed City’s Jackson Price talks with the media after signing a letter to play football at Colgate. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Jackson Price realizes he’ll be a long ways from home when he joins the football program at Colgate University, an NCAA Division I school in Hamilton, N.Y.

But the Reed City senior, who joined five of his other teammates in announcing their college football plans on Wednesday, is looking forward to the challenge.

Price was the quarterback the past two seasons including in 2018 when the Coyotes were CSAA Gold champs for the eighth straight season and district winners the third year in a row.

Price, will be going to Colgate as a defensive back. He had 27 tackles, three tackles for losses, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, four interceptions, three pass breakups and one defensive touchdown as a Reed City senior. He earned first-team all-conference and second-team all-state honors.

“I went on campus, it was absolutely beautiful, and I fell in love with it,” he said. “I knew it was the right place for me. It’s about a 10 ½, 11-hour drive for me. I fell in love with it and had to go there.”

Reed City’s program helped him get ready for Division I football, Price indicated.

“Football here in Reed City is different than any other place in Michigan,” he said. “We’re all as tough as nails. We’re aggressive and we work hard. That’s what prepared me to get ready for Colgate.”

Price said Hillsdale College gave him his first offer,

“They got ahold of me before my senior season,” he said. “There was also Michigan Tech, Grand Valley and Siena Heights.”

Price has played both sides of the ball at Reed City.

“It will be different at Colgate that’s for sure,” he said. I like having the ball in my hands. But on defense, I like hitting people and being aggressive.”

Price hasn’t decided yet on what his major will be.

“I’m thinking of staying in the sports area,” he said. “My long term goal is to a coach someday.”

His father Monty Price has been Reed City’s football coach.

Jackson Price noted the six seniors he signed with on Wednesday to play college ball may be an all-time high number.

“I’m proud of them,” he said. “I love these guys. It’s been a pleasure playing with them my whole life.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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