The Price is Right

North Shore’s Joe Price serves in key role to getting athletes recruited

North Shore’s Joe Price serves in key role to getting athletes recruited
Price has a website dedicated to just North Shore recruiting. Via Vype

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HOUSTON – At a moment's notice, Joe Price III is ready to get a college coach everything he needs.

Setting up a visit, a player's transcripts, test scores and whatever other info is requested about one of North Shore's football stars is accessible at his fingertips.

Price's phone has been busy, especially since North Shore won the Class 6A Division I State Championship and even more so since the NCAA Recruiting deed period ended on January 10.

"Obviously the night of the game I got a lot of congratulatory texts," Price, North Shore's recruiting coordinator, said. "Guys like Shadrach Banks were getting offers while the game was going on. Pretty much since the dead period ended the 2020 guys have been getting interest nonstop. We've had huge numbers coming through the school to see the kids."

The numbers are crazy.

On a particular day last week, Price counted 17 college football programs walk into the field house on the east side.

Three of the teams had played in the College Football Playoff this year and another was the Division III National Champion.

"If you were imagining a school that you want to have come to your place, they're coming through here right now," Price said. "Schools that haven't been through here in a while, schools that are trying to get a presence in Texas, a little bit of everybody."


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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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