Pitt received an extra dose of good news on top of a successful signing day. Pitt star defensive end, Ejuan Price, will be granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Price had a breakout season with 48 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 2015. He was named to the All ACC First Team for his efforts this past season. He will likely be recognized by many preseason award watch lists heading into next season.
Price has been with the program since 2011 after de-committing from Ohio State to join the Pitt program. He is from nearby Woodland Hills High School, which has been incredibly kind to the Pitt program of late. The school produced five players on the roster last season. He missed the entire 2012 and 2014 seasons while here at Pitt. He had nine starts between injuries in the 2011 and 2013 seasons before finally staying healthy for a full year this year. He showed what he was capable of with a full year in 2015.
Pitt is expected to have an upgraded defense next season, and Price getting that extra year is a big reason why. Pitt is expected to start Tennessee transfer, Dewayne Hendrix, this season at one defensive end spot. He was a big time transfer and a former top 100 recruit. Pairing him on the opposite side of Price will give Pitt a very talented pass rushing duo.