Virginia Tech cornerback commitment Troy Pride Jr.. wasn’t expecting Sunday’s news that Hokies’ head coach Frank Beamer was retiring at the end of the 2015 season.
“It was shocking to me,” Pride Jr. said. “I’m still committed to Virginia Tech, but I’m considering all of my options. I was already in the process of making sure that Virginia Tech was the right school for me before coach Beamer retired, so I’m still in that process.”
“He’s a living legend. He’s in the winningest coach in the FBS. It just really came as a surprise.”
Pride Jr. has since heard from Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver and defensive coordinator Bud Foster and defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.
“The athletic director called me personally and told me that they’re going to find that right coach for the job and they’re going to get this corrected,” Pride Jr. said. “I’ve talked to coach Gray and coach Foster, and those are two big pieces that are important to me if they stay. I’m not set on de-committing if they leave, and I’m not set on staying committed if they stay. I’m still figuring that out.”
Notre Dame received an official visit from Pride Jr. last month when the Irish took on USC.
“I’m still thinking about how great my Notre Dame visit was,” Pride Jr. said. “I connected with all of the coaches and my family was with me and enjoyed it. They definitely moved up the list for me.”
Pride Jr. says he doesn’t have a timetable for decision.
“I really don’t know when I’m going to know,” Pride Jr. said. “I’m still talking with coach (Todd) Lyght, coach (Autry) Denson and coach (Brian) Kelly pretty frequently, but to be honest, they have their own things to focus on. They preach to me Notre Dame and good energy about the program. They don’t need to talk about the stability of other programs. They don’t have to resort to that lifestyle. If you get Notre Dame, then you get Notre Dame, and if you don’t then you don’t. That’s all there is to it.”
Pride Jr. will visit North Carolina this weekend on an unofficial visit. Tennessee and Clemson received visits in October.