Growing up as the son of a Colorado alum, Davis Price always knew where he wanted to go for college.
“(CU) has kind of been my dream school since I was little,” he said.
When CU expressed interest in Price, it was a no-brainer. The Evergreen High School kicker recently announced that he’ll join the CU football team this fall as a preferred walk-on, choosing the Buffs over several schools, including Air Force, Brown, Cornell and Wyoming.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier.”
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Price, who also plays rugby, is a highly regarded kicking talent.
Kohlskicking.com gives him a 4-star rating, with the following coaching observation: “His (kickoffs) are currently ahead of his (field goal) ability. He generates good speed and creates good tempo through the ball. The talent is there on FGs, he just needs to clean up his ball striking to help maximize his ability.”
ChrisSailerKicking.com gives Price a 4.5 rating, with this review from Sailer: “Davis is an excellent high school kicking prospect. He has a big time leg and shows flashes of dominance on both field goal and kickoff. He has shown outstanding improvement over the years. He has big time potential. He has a great attitude and work ethic. Davis is going to make a fine addition to any future college football program.”
This past season at Evergreen, Price went 12-for-17 on field goals and 37-of-38 on extra points. As the Cougars’ primary kicker the past two seasons, he nailed 24 of 36 field goals and 89 of 91 extra points. He also punted, averaging 33.8 yards.
Price’s main strength, however, might be on kickoffs. He put 55 of 63 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks this past season. Although he kicked off from the 40-yard line in high school, Price routinely sent his kicks out of the back of the end zone, so he doesn’t anticipate any issues when he has to kick off from the 35 as a Buff.
“My strengths are definitely my kickoffs,” he said. “I’ve worked on those for a long time and I think that’s where I stand out the most.”
On field goals, Price said he’s fairly consistent up to 55 yards but has an overall range up to 65 yards. Since the end of his senior year last fall, he said his “accuracy and consistency has improved tremendously.” Price said has he worked a lot in recent months to get his field goal get-off time up to a college-level standard.
Working with college coaches and getting a chance to play with more consistent snappers and holders at CU should help Price develop even more.
Senior Diego Gonzalez is CU’s returning starter at kicker, while junior Chris Graham returns after handling the kickoff duties last season. Price is hoping to push for both jobs, however.
“I’d love to get the chance to play as soon as I can,” he said.
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Here’s a collection of Price’s senior year highlights: