It didn't take long for one school to love what they saw in 2016 Greer cornerback Troy Pride Jr. The 6'0 165 pound prospect got the great news on Sunday. We talked with Pride Jr. on Monday to talk about his first offer, junior season, goals for next season, and more as he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.
This year for the Yellow Jackets Pride Jr. had 35 tackles, 4 interceptions, 15 pass break ups, and scored 4 touchdowns on offense. He summed up his thoughts on his junior season and where things stand moving forward.
"Well as a whole I played well, but I have a lot of improvement with technique and awareness of the game. I like to play press man coverage but I'm very versatile."
We weren't surprised with his response when we asked him who he compares his style of play to on the football field at corner. One glimpse of his Twitter handle and we had an idea what his answer might be beforehand.
"I would compare myself to Aqib Talib because of the length he plays with and his man coverage ability. I like what he offers to a defense and I strive to be that way too."
Greer went through the regular season undefeated before losing to Belton Honea Path again in the second round of the AAA playoffs for the second straight season. Seeing a great deal of prospects throughout the season Pride was quick to point out the wideout who gave him the most issues.
"Deshawn Davis from Chapman High. Because of his shiftiness I had some trouble getting a jam on him and playing off of him is very difficult."
Still relatively new to the recruiting process Pride Jr. took a few unofficial visits this season and he talked a little about some of the schools he's seen so far.
"I've been up to Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Furman for unofficial visits. I loved the atmosphere of Georgia and we had great seats in the back of the endzone so it was almost as if we were on the field. With Georgia Tech they had great facilities and the locker room with the gear they give is amazing. I was only on the field for my unofficial with Georgia, and for Georgia Tech I was able to go through the locker room and see the field and players."
As stated earlier Pride Jr. got some fantastic news on Sunday in the form of his first scholarship offer.
"I got an offer from Virginia Tech yesterday. Coach Grey offered me and we talked more about it today (Monday). It's honestly a great feeling to know that a college believes in you and sticks their neck out for you. I'm very happy but also humble at the same time. I know I still have a lot of work to do."
The Greer prospect says he's fully aware of Virginia Tech's highly rated defense and one of their standouts Kendall Fuller. He said that Grey told him that he likes Pride's "speed and length, along with the attitude he has about his game."
There are some other schools out there that Pride Jr. is hoping to hear more from in the near future. In-state schools Clemson and South Carolina, along with Ohio State. He made it clear that Georgia Tech really made a strong impression on him and that he likes the Yellow Jackets a great deal too.
The 2016 prospect has set forth some goals for himself next year during his senior season and he shared some of them with us.
"Well I expect to be an all-state player, hopefully get named to the Shrine Bowl, make at least 8 interceptions, 40-50+ tackles, 20-30 pass break ups, be named all-region again, and always the main goal is to win a state championship."
We'll keep close tabs on the recruitment of Troy Pride Jr. as more schools will start taking a look at the 6'0 165 pound speedster so keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com. For now check out some of Pride Jr.'s testing measurables below and find out how to follow us on Twitter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...TROY PRIDE JR.
Bench press: 200 pounds
Squat: 330 pounds
Power clean: 165 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.4 seconds
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