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Heritage senior defensive back Jaden Price is doing whatever he can to make the world a better place.
He will clean the field after football practice. Clean up at the beaches. Anything he possibly can to help the environment and help others.
Hence why he wants to get into either pediatrics or orthopedics in his post-playing career someday.
“One step at a time, seeing if you got influence on people, changing the world,” Price said. “People need those kinds of people in the world.”
On the football field, Price is changing the landscape of his career and making all of those around him better.
Right away, there was a difference for Price as a football player. On the East County Football team in middle school, which was filled with some of the area’s top athletes like De La Salle quarterback – and Sacramento State commit – Dorian Hale, Pittsburg receiver Matthew Quesada, Pittsburg athlete Bryant Weekly and Freedom’s DeNiro Killian, among others, Price was standing out and has put in the work with each of those players he grew up with to become successful in every walk of life.
It was much of the same when he became a high school varsity athlete. His three interceptions as a junior in 2019 were tied for the most in the loaded Bay Valley Athletic League, adding two forced fumbles and 28 tackles while becoming an all-league honoree at year’s end.
“It just felt natural out there,” Price said. “I had a good coaching staff. I had just good people around me and I felt like I could ball at that level, and then I was getting props from my coaches and the varsity guys since I was younger on the team. It just felt good, and I just felt I needed to improve so I can be better at the next level.”
Four Division III programs have offered Price, and more schools have expressed their interest in him.
With strong showings this offseason at the Best Coast Showcase and the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase – the latter where he registered a 4.62 second 40-yard dash, a 9’4” broad jump and a 4.26 second time in the shuttle, his stock is only growing.
“These showcases that I’ve been to, they’ve definitely boosted my profile,” Price said. “I’ve gotten a lot of exposure. I’ve gotten a couple of D3 offers and am getting more looks from D2s as of now. Just trying to get better every day, and these camps are just giving me more exposure during the lockdown, not lockdown, but during the COVID outbreak and just everybody being inside getting work and just getting better and improving as an athlete out here.”
All Price is focused on is making everyone and everything around him better than he found it.
He and Heritage are eager for this new era of Patriots football under first-year head coach Dave Fogelstrom, whose program is “ALL IN” and ready for big things after missing out the playoffs the past two seasons following playoff victories in 2016 and 2017.
“I want to see everybody just ball out for their best potential,” Price said. “I just want to see our team have a winning season. I just want to see Heritage just flip a switch. All the student body I know is like, ‘We’ll be going and having losing seasons.’ But this year is going to be different. I want to have Heritage be like, ‘Oh, I want to go to Heritage to play football. I want to do this. I want to go watch the Heritage football game, not the other game that’s going on right now.’
“I want to do that. I want Heritage to be the biggest in BVAL hopefully.”
And Price is here to change the world, not just the landscape in sports, one day and one step at a time
“I just want to be a better person,” Price said. “It’s all about me. For my grandma, she got cancer. Just driving for her because she’s got a big impact on my life. Just seeing her like that, just gets me that little boost. I’ve just got to get ready for the season. Got to get better.
“Got to be successful, especially for my mom and dad, too. After football, if I become a doctor, just give them all they want – like their house. I forgot where they wanted to go, but just give them a house, give them a car, give them all they want. Just to supply for my family.”
Super kid !!!
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