Pride’s spring break is next week. The 6-foot, 165-pound cornerback from Greer (S.C.) has yet to make solid plans for his UNC trip, but he has been discussing travel details with his father.
“I definitely want to first figure out about the athletics, because I heard a couple of things,” Pride said. “I definitely want to figure out what kind of academics they have – how they are broadening their players to where they have different avenues for life. And then I want to see how it feels there – I know the facilities are going to be good because everybody’s facilities are good – because I just want that home feeling to where I can go there and feel like I’ll be at home.”
Despite his desire to visit UNC, Pride remains verbally committed to Virginia Tech.
“I definitely feel very strongly about Virginia Tech,” Pride said. “That’s so far the best school that I’ve seen and that’s everything that I wanted so far from a school. Virginia Tech is a great school and I love it. If my recruitment ended today, I would be going to Virginia Tech.
“But there have been other schools that have opened up and I don’t want to just throw them to the side because they have thought enough of me to offer me. I definitely want to at least go see what they have to offer. But right now, Virginia Tech is the frontrunner – they were the first team to offer me and they were the first team to believe in me.”
Outside of UNC and Virginia Tech, the only other school to offer Pride is Marshall. The Thundering Herd offered a couple of weeks after he made a Feb. 21 commitment to the Hokies.
UNC then offered in early March during a conversation between Pride and Charlton Warren, the Tar Heels’ new defensive backs coach.
“We talked for a little while and he just let me know that he was very interested in me,” Pride said. “And he wanted to extend an offer to me, because he felt the qualities that I had fit his group in his defensive back unit.”
Warren also explained the defense he and Gene Chizik are installing at UNC, and – perhaps more importantly – how Pride fits into that scheme.
“He feels that I will be more of an in-your-face kind of corner – jamming up receivers one-on-one in press coverage,” Pride said. “That fits my game a lot, because that’s what I like to do, that’s what I want to do, and that’s what I’m trying to get better at doing.”
Pride ended his junior season with 35 tackles, four interceptions, and 15 pass breakups. He also scored four touchdowns on offense.