Pace, a top player on Butte's 12-0 junior college national championship team, learned about English's decision to accept the head coaching position at Eastern Michigan Sunday night.
"I talked to Coach (Tony) Alford, the man that recruited me, last night and he explained the whole situation to me," said Pace. "Earlier I had heard that he (English) was going to Washington and he (English) said he wasn't going anywhere. And my position coach (Eric Lewis) was telling me the same thing that he (English) wasn't going nowhere.
Louisville but might consider other
"And then I learned (Sunday) night that he might be going to Eastern Michigan so I texted Coach Alford and he called me and we talked about it. I understand that he got a head coaching job and will be making more money and it's better for him. Either way I'm (probably) going to go to the school (Louisville), I'm going to do my part, I'm going to ball and make a name for myself."
Last week, Pace informed InsideTheVille.com that he would sign with Louisville during the December signing period for junior college prospects. While Pace has signed that letter to play for the Cardinals, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback hasn't returned the paperwork to the UofL football coaching staff.
"At this point I still plan to go to Louisville," Pace said. "They sent me a letter of intent to sign in December but I graduate in May. I've signed the papers already but I haven't sent them because I heard that news. If there's a deadline I'm not worried about it."
Pace told InsideTheVille.com that he is still hearing from several programs who offered scholarships before he gave Louisville a verbal commitment in late November.
"Am I now going to look at some other schools?" Pace asked. "I really don't know. Right now I'm 50/50 on looking at other schools. There have been other schools in contact with me - Kansas and Memphis, plus all the other schools that were recruiting me."