BRADENTON -- Opposing teams found it hard to figure out what Kavious Price was going to do on the football field.
It's a reason the Manatee High receiver/returner and sometimes running back was arguably the area's most versatile offensive weapon.
Price was also hard to figure out off the field.
He received an offer from Kent State, but didn't tell anyone springing a surprise Wednesday when he signed with the Mid-American Conference School.
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"They offered me about a month ago and everything went well. I didn't want to let it be known because Kent State was almost a dream school for me and I just wanted to make it fun," Price said. "I visited the school last weekend. Everything went well and I decided to stick with them."
One person who didn't know was USF head football coach and former Manatee High quarterback great Willie Taggart. He called Price Tuesday night to make an offer, but it was too late.
"Coach Taggart offered me and it gave me something to think about, but I am going with my heart and Kent State," Price said. "If USF had come earlier it would've been a tougher decision."
Price is already being compared to Venice grad Dri Archer, who was an electric receiver/ returner for Kent State and turned himself into an NFL third-round pick. The Golden Flashes plan to use Price in a similar fashion.
"Everything I did here I am planning to do at Kent State and I am looking forward to speaking with Dri. They said he was too small like me, but good things come in small packages," Price said.
Manatee head football coach John Booth said the Kent State coaches told him they consider Price a high priority who is going to see the field quickly.
"His role for them will be similar to what he did for us, using him in the slot and as a returner," Booth said. "They said they found luck down here with Archer and are hoping to do it again. I don't think his size works against him. It's the old CHP (can he play). Kavious has shown he may not be the biggest guy on the field, but often times he he is the best."
Andrew Zink was the only other Manatee High football player to sign with an FBS school. The Hurricanes' long snapper signed with South Alabama of the Sun Belt Conference.
"Andrew has a good chance to go in and start day one. They lost their long snapper and are excited about having him up there," Booth said.
The Canes other football signees on Wednesday were: NIck Null (Cornell), Lorenz Allen and Paul Mobley (Nebraska-Kearney), Travon Rumph (Savannah State), Luke Clifton (Union College) and Tony Collins (Bethany).
Three Manatee athletes who signed early in November but participated in Wednesday's ceremonies were: Kelli Gault (softball, Florida Southern), Jacque Armer (volleyball, LSU) and Sydney Britt (Mars Hills).