In fact, Michigan recruiting coordinator Chris Partridge himself has reached to him and his parents to let the Greer (S.C.) High star know that U-M is indeed very interested in his services.
“Michigan is a great school,” Pride said. “They have a lot of history and a great tradition. Honestly, I would love to get an offer from Michigan. That would be more satisfaction to me because is a great school. That’s top notch when it comes to football.”
“If there was an offer on the table, I would try to get up there sometime,” Pride said. “Everyone knows about Michigan. They are a great school, like I said. I need to be touched up on it. I have heard good things about it. But I don’t know all the details about Michigan. I would love to go up there for a visit.
The 6-foot, 165-pounder also made it clear academics are a huge factor to him and most notably – his mother – if he were to switch his favor to Michigan.
“I would like to go up there and checkout the academics and have it impress my mother,” Pride said. “That’s a big thing for her. Academics first, because she has always taught me that since little league football. I would want them to impress her with that aspect. “I would like to see the life that football players live. More through football aspects of it, like different gear that they have, different routines that they have. And things that set them apart from different colleges.”
Along with the Hokies, Pride also is picking up considerable interest from another ACC program.
“University of North Carolina offered me [on Wednesday] actually,” Wade said. “As well as Marshall. So Virginia Tech is coming hard, even though I’m committed to them. They still believe in my skills and ability. And they still want me up there.”