When Troy Pride Jr. announced his de-commitment from Virginia Tech on Wednesday night, it wasn’t a hasty decision reached by the three-star cornerback.
“This is something that I prayed about for a while,” Pride Jr. said. “It wasn’t a decision that I reached quickly. I felt uncertain about my decision even before coach (Frank) Beamer retired, but his retirement set in stone that I need to reevaluate.”
The Greer (S.C.) standout now considers Notre Dame and Virginia Tech as his leaders.
“Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are about even at the top,” Pride Jr. said. “I feel like they are the top schools for me.”
Pride Jr. took an official visit to Notre Dame for the USC game in October, and that’s when the Irish emerged as a serious contender.
“My relationship with all of the Notre Dame coaches is really great,” Pride Jr. said. “I talk to coach (Todd) Lyght every day. I feel like they really want me up there. My family really enjoyed it up there, and it’s a great place. A great education and it’s a great football program.”
The Hokies remain in contention to land Pride Jr. due much in part to Virginia Tech defensive backs assistant Torrian Gray.
“Virginia Tech was my first offer and coach (Torrian) Gray will always be the man,” Pride Jr. said. “In the beginning, I was hearing from all of the coaching staff, but now coach Gray is really all that I keep in touch with. There have been less and less conversations with the other coaches.
“They are making a hire next month. That is what the athletic director told me. I wouldn’t say that I am going to wait for them to make that decision, but I do want to see what is going to happen in the future there.”
Pride Jr. plans to continue his due diligence in the recruiting process.
“I am still considering that core group of schools – Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame,” Pride Jr. said. “I don’t plan on taking any more visits, but if something pops up or if I feel like I need to then I will. Now I’m just continuing to evaluate my options.”
Undefeated Greer faces Travelers’ Rest (S.C.) on Friday night in the second round of the South Carolina Class 3A playoffs.