From Brian Dohn in the DNHelp is on the way for UCLA's defensive line after prized freshman Brian Price was ruled eligible by the NCAA clearinghouse Monday morning.
Price, a defensive tackle from Crenshaw High, was on his way to campus to meet with UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.
"It feels great,'' Price said.
"I'm going to start practicing and work hard and try to help the team out.''
Price said he wants to play immediately, but he may not be available until Sept. 29 at Oregon State.
Before playing in a game, a player must go through an NCAA-mandated five days of practice. Price practiced once before the NCAA brought up eligibility issues with his transcripts, and he was pulled from practice.
A spokesperson with the NCAA said last week a Friday walk-through did not count as a practice. Since UCLA does not practice on Mondays, the Bruins only have three practices this week. That would leave Price one practice short of the NCAA requirements, meaning he would not be eligible to play this Saturday at Washington.
"Most likely, that's how it will be,'' Price said. "I still have to practice and learn the defense. I should be ready by (Oregon State).''
UCLA needs help at defensive tackle after Brigham Harwell suffered a partial tear of his medial collateral ligament in his knee.
Good for him! I am glad he is cleared...no excuses but I think that ship has sailed. they have bigger problems, like finding a new head coach.
But the damage was done as this never should have taken that long. we wish him luck, he is going to need it.