Price Williams season opener

Woodgrove senior Price Williams attempts to break tackles during an Aug. 27 home game against John Champe.

A key contributor on Woodgrove High School's football team since his freshman year, Price Williams committed prior to his senior season to further his education and continue his football career at Princeton University in New Jersey.

"The most attractive aspect of Princeton is the high level of football, mixed with the high degree of academics," Williams said. "I’ve also formed a strong relationship with the coaches that I’m looking forward to building upon."

Williams -- who plays multiple positions on offense, defense and special teams for Woodgrove -- was recruited by Princeton to play tight end or linebacker. He said academics played a key role in his decision.

"The opportunity to play football at the No. 1 university in the country is hard to pass up," Williams said of the illustrious Ivy League school.

At the time of his commitment, Williams held offers from approximately 20 colleges -- including Atlantic Coast Conference schools Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"I was fortunate to have received many different offers," Williams said. "Once I decided to go the Ivy League route, my top three were Princeton, Harvard and Dartmouth. Ultimately, Princeton was the best fit for me."

Williams proved to be a perfect fit for Woodgrove in his first season. He emerged as the team's second leading rusher and was also a force in the passing game. Williams hauled in two touchdown receptions in Woodgrove's 38-33 victory over Lake Taylor in the 2018 Class 4 state championship game.

An all-state selection at tight end as a sophomore, Williams has helped lead the Wolverines to playoff appearances in each of his first three seasons.

With the bulk of his senior season still to be played, Williams ranks fifth all-time in receptions, sixth in receiving touchdowns, eighth in receiving yards and ninth in rushing touchdowns for his Woodgrove career. He also holds three spots among the top 10 all-time in receptions for a single game.

"My team goal would obviously be to have a winning season and to win the state championship," Williams said of his senior season. "Individually, I’d like to help my team as much as I can, both offensively and defensively. As long as I can be a leader and play each position to the best of my ability for my team, I will be proud of that."

Following a 27-24 season-opening win over John Champe, Woodgrove rallied to defeat host Forest Park 50-47 in Week 2 on Sept. 2. Williams caught eight passes for 80 yards and rushed for 90 yards while scoring a pair of touchdowns.

"We are very happy with our 2-0 start against two Class 6 teams, but it doesn’t change anything in regard to our expectations for the season," Williams said. "We already had high expectations for this year based on how our coaches have been driving and encouraging us."

The Wolverines will host Potomac on Sept. 10 before a bye week. Woodgrove begins a stretch of five consecutive Class 5 Potomac District games Oct. 1 at home against Briar Woods.

"We're still a pretty young team, but we have tons of potential," Williams said. "And we just had a huge comeback win against Forest Park, which just goes to show you, don't count us out."

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