CB Troy Pride Jr.
Measurables: 6-0, 165
School: Greer (S.C.) High
Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 23 CB.
247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 7 CB.
Notable numbers: Pride recorded 53 tackles, three interceptions, two tackles for a loss, two fumbles recoveries, one sack and a touchdown as a senior. He also returned three punts for TDs, caught 31 passes for 621 yards and nine TDs and rushed for 183 yards and three TDs.
First scholarship offer: Virginia Tech.
Best advice I received through the recruiting process: Make a 40-year decision, not just a four-year decision. You can either work for four years and have fun the rest of your life or you can have fun for four years and work the rest of your life.
One word to describe Brian Kelly: The three Cs: calm, cool and collected.
The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: The constant calls from coaches on the same coaching staff.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: When the month of December came around and I knew it was getting close to signing day, I told myself it was time to find out and all the arrows were pointing to the Irish.
My secret off-the-field talent: I could be a comedian.
Song on my iPod I’m embarrassed to tell people about: “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran.
Sports idol: Richard Sherman.
Preferred social media: Snapchat.
Favorite football accomplishment: Defensive MVP of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl
Dream job (other than the NFL): ESPN analyst.
Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght on Pride: "Troy Pride, a tremendous athlete. He excels on both sides of the ball. Elite speed. He’s a guy who is really going to try to become a technician. In talking to him in the recruiting process, he was always talking about technique and player development. That was really big for him. We got along really great in that aspect of the football side of it."
Audio: Notre Dame defensive backs coach Todd Lyght talks about the potential of his seven defensive back signees.