Notre Dame CB target Troy Pride Jr. drops Virginia Tech pledge

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame's pursuit of Troy Pride Jr. gained even more momentum Thursday morning.

The 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback withdrew his long-standing commitment to Virginia Tech. Pride announced the news in a long statement on Twitter.

"Firstly I would like to thank God for all that He has blessed me with throughout this process and the opportunities that have been afforded to me," Pride wrote. "With that being said I would like to announce my de-commitment from Virginia Tech due to the unpredictable future. I still have tremendous respect for their coach staff including Coach Gray and #HokieNation but this huge decision has prompted me to step back and think some things over and closely evaluate my decision. VT remains one of my top schools because of the respect and love they have given my family and I. I am currently reopening my recruitment."

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced on Nov. 1 that he will retire following the season. Pride has been recruited by Virginia Tech secondary coach Torrian Gray.

Notre Dame offered Pride back in June and hosted him for an official visit in October for the USC game. Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and running backs coach Autry Denson watched Pride play a game for Greer (S.C.) High when the Irish were in South Carolina for the Clemson game.

Pride visited North Carolina last weekend and Tennessee in October.

247Sports slates Pride as a four-star recruit and the No. 23 cornerback in the 2016 class. Rivals rates him as a three-star recruit but not among the top 80 ranked cornerbacks.

— Troy Pride Jr. 5⃣ (@GHSIsland5) November 12, 2015

Virginia Tech cornerback commit Troy Pride Jr. reported a Notre Dame offer Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)