Totino QB J.D. Pride Gets Recruiting Looks

J.D. Pride, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback from Totino-Grace, has received a scholarship offer from Minnesota. Pride comes from a football family that has ties to the Gopher program. His father, John, played for the Gophers, as did uncle Marion Barber II and his cousins Dominique and Marion Barber III. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Pride Saturday to learn the latest on his recruitment.

J.D. Pride helped lead the Eagles to a 9-2 mark as a junior, losing to Orono in the Class AAAA, Section 6 Football finals 19-15.

Minnesota was the first team to offer Pride, who is hoping to receive other major offers.

"Nothing since Minnesota, but the way that a lot of schools are talking to me and I think that the way that I performed at a lot of camps over the summer, that a lot will be coming soon."

Pride had a busy summer as he attended several top summer camps.

"This summer, I went to seven. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Michigan, Ohio State, North Carolina and South Carolina."

Big Ten rival Michigan could be a school that could offer Pride.

"Michigan, I like them a lot. They are looking at me more as an athlete. They said that if I am able to play quarterback, I will, but if not, I could play some place else. Right now, I am focusing on quarterback and I am trying to be a better player all-around."

Totino-Grace has always had a reputation for his rushing attack, but Pride thinks that the team will open up their offense this season.

"Personally, I love throwing the ball. My coach was a good quarterback himself in the day and he threw the ball a lot, so I think that we are both starting to see eye-to-eye on throwing the ball a little bit more this year, starting to go to more spread formations, a lot of four spread out stuff and we are just getting excited. I think that we are going to put the ball up a lot more this year, but at the same time, we are going to have that good running game that we always have."

Pride has not set any visits yet, but is hoping to check out as many games as possible this fall,

"I do not have any official visits set up as of right now. I'll probably take some unofficials once the season starts."

Pride got a chance last Saturday to check out the new TCF Bank Stadium in person at the Gopher football scrimmage.

"I made the scrimmage. It was real good. They had a good turn-out. A lot of people showed up. The stadium was beautiful. Both teams did really good, offense and defense. Everything went good. I liked the scrimmage a lot."

Minnesota has been a school that Pride grew up watching close as his father played there along with other family members.

"I've grown up watching a lot of schools. Minnesota has always been a school that I liked a lot. Just the tradition that they have got. The coaches that they have right now are great. They just have a really good school all-around, football and academic-wise."

Pride is a good student who is working hard to be eligible as a freshman.

"My GPA right now is around a 2.9. I still have two or three core classes that I need to take. After that, it will be mid three's. I took the ACT and got an 18."

Pride is still deciding on a colelge major, but has a couple of career paths in mind.

"I want to major in business or communications. I have not decided on which one yet."

Pride admits that Minnesota stand out on his list fo schools, but he admits that he is keeping his options open.

"Minnesota is my favorite school right now. They have always been one of my favorite schools pretty much since I started playing football. I like Michigan a lot. I like South Carolina a lot. Pretty much all the schools I went to this summer, showed me a lot of love and were really generous to me and I liked their programs a lot, but a school that I really like and I really loved growing up and I have never had a chance to communicate with is Florida State and that has been one of my favorite schools for a long, long time. All the schools this summer have been good to me."

Pride has high expectations for the Eagles, which won the 2007 Class AAAA title during his sophomore year.

"For any team, it is pretty much safe to say that going to state would be the goal, but for us, the goal is to have fun give 110% every play and go out every game and compete at a high level and fly around and do what we do best and see what happens."

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