Ohio State’s Billy Price made the jump from consensus to unanimous All-American on Wednesday when he was named first-team center on the American Football Coaches Association team.

It was the last team released of what are considered to be the big five All-America teams from which the NCAA bases “consensus” or “unanimous” choices. Price, in his fifth year at OSU and already a graduate of the Fisher College of Business, had been named to the Associated Press, Walter Camp, Sporting News and Football Writers Association teams. Last week, was named the winner of the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center.

Joining him on the AFCA first squad was junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who had made two of the other first teams.

Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa, who had been named to the second team on three of the other teams, jumped to the first team with the coaches.

According to OSU, Price joined a list of 29 former Buckeyes who were considered unanimous All-America choices, including seven in this century: center Pat Elflein, the 2016 Rimington Trophy winner, and safety Malik Hooker last year; Bosa’s older brother Joey in 2014; linebacker James Laurnaitis in 2007; Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith in 2006; linebacker A.J. Hawk in 2005; and safety Mike Doss in 2002.

Price followed in Elflein's footsteps in another way. Elflein switched from guard to center for his final season and became recognized as the best in the nation, and so did Price this season. And like Elflein, Price was named the Big Ten offensive lineman of the year.

Bosa is the team leader in tackles for loss this season (12.5) and sacks (six), and has six quarterback hurries.

First finish in sight

The first early signing period for Football Bowl Subdivision teams begins next Wednesday, and coach Urban Meyer and his staff are trying to wrap up things in the meantime with a few prospects who are undecided or wavering on their commitments.

After securing commitments from defensive lineman Tommy Togiai of Pocatello, Idaho, and receiver Kamryn Babb of St. Louis on Tuesday, Meyer visited Fairfield, Ohio, on Wednesday to meet with prized offensive lineman Jackson Carman, who has an official visit to Southern California planned this weekend.

The Buckeyes also are trying to hang on to three commitments: Emory Jones, a quarterback from Franklin, Georgia, and defensive backs Josh Proctor of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Jaiden Woodbey of Fontana, California.

Ohio State has 21 commitments in the 2018 class.



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