USC head football coach Clay Helton announced Tuesday that offensive tackle E.J. Price will be transferring from the school.
This comes after rumors surfaced that Price and Helton got into an altercation during halftime of the Trojans’ loss to Stanford on Saturday. Helton denied such accusations Tuesday.
Helton said Price has been homesick for a while and that is the reason for his departure from the team.
“I wish him nothing but the absolute best,” he said (h/t Keely Eure/Twitter).
EJ Price will be transferring from #USC. Helton says that he was dealing with homesickness, "I wish him nothing but the absolute best."
— Keely Eure (@keelyismyname) September 21, 2016
Price, a 6’6”, 325-pound offensive lineman from Dacula, Georgia was a true freshman.
Coming out of high school, Price was a highly-regarded recruit in the 2016 class, as 247Sports rated him as a four-star recruit. The site ranked him as the No. 85 overall prospect in the 2016 class and the ninth-best offensive tackle in the country. 247Sports also regarded Price as the 11th-best football player in the state of Georgia.
With Dacula his hometown, some are speculating that the Georgia Bulldogs may be the team to beat when he picks a new school. Out of high school, Price also had offers from Auburn, LSU, Michigan State, Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and host of others.
Considering homesickness is a big reason for his impetus to transfer, expect Georgia and the rest of the SEC to make a strong push for Price.
USC finds itself in sudden turmoil and is now 1-2 on the season after losing 27-10 to Stanford on Saturday. The Trojans will look to turn things around and are set to take on Utah on the road this Friday.