Hokies commit planning Irish visit

Virginia Tech cornerback commitment Troy Pride hopes to visit Notre Dame this summer after adding an Irish offer earlier this month.

Notre Dame offered three-star cornerback Troy Pride of Greer (S.C.) at the onset of June, and the Virginia Tech commitment has already communicated with three members of the Notre Dame staff.

“I talk with coach (Autry) Denson a lot and he sends me things on Twitter every morning,” Pride said. “I talk with coach (Todd) Lyght and coach (Brian) Kelly, too. Those are the three main ones at Notre Dame. Brian Kelly told me he wants me to come visit.

“Notre Dame is a huge offer. It’s a big school and prestigious place. I’ve heard a lot about it, even from my parents. For them to believe in me enough to offer me is great.”

Notre Dame could receive a visit from Pride as early as next month.

“I want to get out there in the next few weeks to see what’s it’s all about,” Pride said. “I would love to visit them before I starting taking official visits.”

Pride was impressed with the feedback he received from Lyght after the Irish defensive backs coach watched him practice.

“Coach Lyght is a great dude,” Pride said. “He’s very chill and business-like. I asked him what he thought about me in practice, and he gave me a great critique. He told me about the small things that you don’t even think about. He told me I needed to improve pre-snap readiness and finishing through the drills. You would expect to hear something like backpedaling better, that sort of thing. It just shows you the type of innovation he brings. He knows about the small things that can get you over the hump to the next level at defensive back.”

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback committed to Virginia Tech in February, but he has not ended his recruitment.

“I committed to Virginia Tech pretty early,” Pride said. “It’s a long time until next February. That’s how I’ll put it.”

Pride also touts offers from Appalachian State, Marshall, Maryland, Mercer, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Clemson, Michigan, Georgia Tech and Kentucky have also expressed interest.

“UNC is recruiting me really hard,” Pride said.

Pride finished his junior year with 35 tackles, four interceptions and 15 pass break-ups. He posted four touchdowns on offense.

Pride is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 56 cornerback in the Class of 2016.

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