Meet Phillip Jones-Price, Reed City football
REED CITY — It’s now Phillip Jones-Price.
Reed City’s all-state running back is in summer workouts with his team in getting ready for the 2018 football season. The same exact talent and potential danger to opponents’ defenses are still there.
But the name has changed slightly from Phillip Jones.
It’s now Phillip Jones-Price who confirmed he legally changed the name recently.
He confirmed he’s been living with coach Monty Price, his wife and their family since the eighth grade. Jones-Price said he’s happy with the situation.
Monty Price said he and his wife Tara have been Phillip’s legal guardians since eighth grade.
“It developed through his brothers Andre and PJ, whom I’ve coached,” Price said.
“They were worried about Phillip and the instability of his life. They were looking for something permanent for their brother. We connected with Phillip and offered our home to him as an option and he chose to come live with us. The rest is history.”
The name change, Price said, was Phillip’s idea.
“We were honored for him to have this last name as he’s a part of this family,” Price said.
Jones-Price has been working out with his teammates at various passing camps, including a recent one at Ferris.
“Our main focus is to come out here and work on our defense and get us ready for the season,” Price, also a defensive back, said. “You always have to be aware of the whole field, no matter what position you’re in. You have to stay alert and stay on your toes. You have to know what’s going on with your defensive personnel.”
Jones is obviously a dangerous running back but also hopes to establish himself as an effective option for quarterback Jackson Price when the passing play is called.
“I had a couple of big plays in playoffs receiving,” Jones-Price said. “My ability to catch the ball and get open is a good option for Jackson.”
They live together, Jones-Price said, play the same three sports with football basketball and track, and obviously talk a lot about sports together.
Jones-Price had a solid track season, in which he helped the Coyotes take second place in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division meet and second overall. He was the anchor on a 4x100 relay team that won at the conference meet, took second at regionals and was 11th at the state finals.
“I had a hamstring tear at a home meet and had to sit out a few meets,” Jones-Price said. “Coming back was a little bit of a struggle. But I got back in the process, got in shape and went on from there.”
Monty Price said Jones-Price has been receiving interest from colleges, mainly Divisions II and III, on his football talents. A decision “at this point is a ways off,” Monty Price said.
“Phillip isn’t quite sure what he wants to do after high school. He’d like to play football if that’s an option. We’re trying to figure out what he wants to do for the rest of his life and what institution would provide him with the best education.”
Monty Price confirmed he has moved from his duties as principal back to the classroom as a middle school health and physical education instructor. He was high school principal five years and assistant principal/AD for two years, and athletic director another two years.
“I requested a reassignment to go back in the classroom and work with kids in that capacity,” Price said.