Roof Hauls In Another Big Time Athelte

When Matt Pridemore arrived at Duke's one day camp, he did so as a virtual unknown to most recruiting analysts and even some coaching staffs. However, after grading out as one of the top athletes in the impressive group of nearly 150 prospects, the 5-foot-10, 180lbs Pridemore earned a scholarship offer. On Thursday he accepted that offer and committed to Duke.

"I committed to Duke today," said Matt Pridemore in a Thursday night interview. "I visited earlier in the week and went in with an open mind. Honestly I wasn't' looking to commit on the visit, but the coaches did a great job and it just was finalized in my mind."

Pridemore, who's appearance at the Blue Devils' camp earned him the name "Sunshine" with the many analysts, sat out last season after a shoulder injury, but was healthy by track season in which he finished third in the state in the 200 meter dash.

And about that nickname?

"Yeah I get that a lot on my own team," said the newest Blue Devil. "The coaches told me that it had followed me up here."

The son of former Atlanta Falcon defensive back Tom Pridemore, Matt says the reason for choosing Duke rests with the coaching staff.

"The coaches are just so dedicated to winning football games and turning Duke around. I wanted to be part of that. Anyone can talk about doing that kind of thing, but Coach Roof and his staff have a vision on how to do it, and they are in the process of making it happen."

Aside from his desire to help return Duke football to competitive status, Pridemore added that the opportunity to earn a Duke degree played a big factor in his decision saying "it's the opportunity to get a great education".

Pridemore will now focus on rehabbing from a car accident and preparing to join his Buford High teammates in the early portion of the season.


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