Irish impress Hokies’ commit

Cornerback Troy Pride Jr. recaps his weekend official to Notre Dame. Can the Irish flip this Virginia Tech commitment?

This weekend Virginia Tech cornerback commitment Troy Pride Jr.made the 10-hour drive with his family from Greer, S.C. to check out Notre Dame for the first time.

“It was great,” Pride Jr. said. “There were a lot of things that impressed me. I really enjoyed the time that I spent with the coaches. They all preached to me the same thing. Notre Dame isn’t a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision. Notre Dame can be hard work, but it’s the way to go if you want to be successful.”

Pride Jr. had conversations with Brian Kelly and assistants Autry Denson and Todd Lyght.

“Coach Lyght told me he wants me to be part of the crop that’s his first group of guys,” Pride Jr. said. “He told me that he can teach me the little nuances and techniques that can turn me into a first-rounder.

“He likes that I’m a versatile two-way player that has natural talent because I’ll learn fast that way. He also likes my wingspan and how I can cover big wide receivers and walk them down.”

Pride Jr. discussed the status of his scholarship offer with Kelly. Notre Dame offered back in June.

"(Kelly) said that every offer that Notre Dame puts out is a committable offer and didn't pressure me to make a decision,” Pride Jr. said. “I feel like I don't have to rush now and I can be myself and go through the process as I see fit. That was big for me." 

The 6-foot, 165-pound cornerback considered the campus tour and game atmosphere the highlights of his visit.

“The campus was definitely smaller than I was expecting, but that’s a good thing because of the smaller class sizes and individualized attention,” Pride Jr. said. “I really liked it. Everything seems close-knit.

“The game was great, too. I watched Cole Luke and KeiVarae Russell a lot. I know one of them had a really nice pick.”

What’s next for the ACC commit?

"I definitely have to get back (home) and take it all in,” Pride Jr. said. “Maybe make some more phone calls to the coaches if I have any more questions that I missed. I just want to step back, analyze it, and go from there."

Pride Jr. visited Tennessee on Oct. 10. He is considering trips to North Carolina and Virginia Tech this season but nothing is planned.


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