J.D. Pride Reflects On Michigan, Elite Camp

The Minnesota quarterback made his second venture to Ann Arbor in this recruiting season, but this time he was able to get on the field and perform in front of coaches. How did it go? GoBlueWolverine has the latest.

J.D. Pride is a name that may only be familiar to recruiting fans because of his connection with the nation's top prospect, OT Seantrel Henderson. But they'd be remiss to underestimate Pride himself as a prospect, as many schools are staying in touch with Minneapolis prospect.

"It's going real good. I've been hitting up a lot of camps this summer and getting all these letters at my house. I'm keeping in contact with a lot of coaches too."

One of the camps that Pride was sure not to miss was this past weekend, as he ventured back to Ann Arbor for a second time to take part in Michigan's invite only, one day elite camp (without Henderson). It was an experience Pride is very grateful for.

"The Michigan camp was great. There was a lot of top talent there. I mean just being Michigan, the best of the best kids want to go there. It was a good opportunity for me to see how I stacked up against other quarterbacks. I actually played a little defense at cornerback as well to see all the athletes. It was a real good experience talking to Coach Smith and Coach Rodriguez."

While the boat may be full for quarterbacks at Michigan with current commitments from Devin Gardner and Cornelius Jones, the Wolverines are trying to see where they might be able to fit Pride in at.

"They're telling me stuff that they liked me on tape and that I'm a good quarterback, but they like me more as an athlete because I can play multiple positions. They said they might be able to get me in at corner or safety or something like that. That's what led to me playing a few positions at camp."

While Pride has a stated preference for the quarterback position, if Michigan, or any other school for that matter, came calling with an offer simply to play football, Pride would be more than happy to take a long look at it.

"I've played quarterback all my life, so that's what I'm accustomed to. But if I could switch positions and help a team out, I'd be more than happy to do that. At the same time, I just love playing football period. At the end of the day it doesn't really matter."

Should the Wolverines make the plunge and offer Pride as an athlete, they'll definitely have a strong position on his list. When queried about his feelings for the Maize and Blue, he was emphatic about all the things he sees that Michigan can offer him.

"Other than just the tradition, I see them on T.V. a lot and you always hear about the great rivalry with Ohio State. And the Big House is such a classic place. I love going to the Big House. I've gone there for two games so far, so playing there would be a great thing. And their academics, it seems like they're really on top of that. My mom is really into the whole academic thing. The alum there, it's crazy. They've got tons and tons of alums who go onto to do a lot of things other than football. The football is good, but that college degree can get you a lot farther than people think."

"I just like Michigan all around."

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