"This year, his role has been much different - he's done a good job leading, but he's also got a lot of young pups around him. Sometimes that inexperience has negated some of the great things he does, but he's still blown up that tackle record.''
The list of all-state defenders from Ravenswood goes on for decades, with players such as Joe Jelich, John McCoy, Bruce Coiner, Jeff Corder, Mike McCorckle, Salmons, Brandon Smith, Young, Andrew Schindler and Chad Small.
"I found it very touching that two weeks ago, Brad received two phone calls from former linebackers who once held the tackle record,'' said Jason Jackson, Ravenswood's defensive coach. "Andrew Schindler and Brandon Smith called Brad to wish him luck in getting the [career] record.
"Brad called me and said those were players that he looked up to when he was in the second and third grade. Brad said he remembered daydreaming about being in their shoes. Ten years later, he has filled their shoes and then some.''
Titus, who stands 6-foot and weighs 221 pounds, could have a future in college football, Price said, because he does things right on and off the field.
"He's a role model for all our kids in program in the classroom and on the football field,'' Price said. "He works hard in the weight room in the offseason. He always plays until the last second is off the clock. He goes 90 miles an hour from sideline to sideline. He watches a lot of film and retains a lot of knowledge, and you can see him pull that off when he goes out on Friday nights.
"All those all-staters we've had, and he goes and surpasses all of them. He deserves a lot of accolades at the end of the year.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.