#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team Halton-Peel Grade 8 DT Price hoping to stand out

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) on the April 29th weekend at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to the OPC, CFC will preview the teams and the players participating in the big event.

You never know what the future holds and it may only be a matter of time before Mitchell Price, a member of Team Halton Grade 8s, will be back at Tim Hortons field as a professional player.

The Ontario Prospect challenge will be bringing players from all over Ontario together for a weekend of intense football. Price is looking forward to the visibility the Challenge gives to those participating.

“I chose to play in the OPC to showcase my skills and abilities that I have been working hard to develop,” Price said. “The highlight for me has been hearing the good news of making the final cut after the Top 100 camp.”

Price mainly plays as a defensive tackle, however the 6’1, 235lbs player has also played as a defensive end and an offensive tackle. He has played four years with the Orangeville Outlaws (Ontario Minor Football League) and one year with his current team, the Brampton Bulldogs (Ontario Varsity Football League).

“I like my current position because it gives me a challenge every single play and it plays a very important role in the defense,” Price said.

The young football player draws inspiration from Ray Lewis, a former middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. “He always gave his all on the football field and never took a play off,” he said.

Price has yet to immersed in the world of professional football, however he is looking forward to playing in Hamilton. “I’m really excited to play at Tim Hortons Field because I’ve never really experienced professional level facilities before,” he said. “I’m sure it will be a good experience to have.”

Price also added that, “I’m just going to focus on my game and just have fun really. It’s not often you get to play an all-star game in a CFL stadium so I’m going to live in the moment.”

The young defensive tackle will be graduating in 2020. His goals for his future are to play high level football for either a university or a college. Beyond that, he said he will see where university ball takes him.

“I think it’s a little too early to really consider anything, but it has always been a dream of mine to play at a big division one university or college,” Price said.

“I have also done many Ontario university football camps so someday I could play for one of those schools,” he added.
When the OPC begins, Price said he wants to have a good performance and hopefully stand out to anyone who is watching.

While football takes individual efforts to progress the game forward, it is still a team game. “I’m sure everyone on my team has the goal of winning along with me so we will be hoping to get that W,” Price said.

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