Greer High School defensive back Troy Pride, one of the most sought after recruits in the state, announced that he will play his college football at the University of Notre Dame.
Pride said he chose Notre Dame after narrowing his choices down to North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Clemson and the Fighting Irish.
He is ranked as the No. 6 player in South Carolina, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
“The tradition as a football school, the academics and my recruiting coaches really swayed me there,” Pride said. “Having gone through the process, I feel like it was an educated decision because of my parents.”
Pride said he called Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and running backs coach Autry Denson to inform them of his decision.
“Those are my guys,” Pride said. “Those are the guys I’ve been working with throughout this process. I’ve had numerous calls from Coach Kelly, numerous calls from Coach Denton. Those guys are great. Obviously those guys were excited. They told me I was a guy they wanted.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound Pride, who originally committed to Virginia Tech and made official visits to Notre Dame and North Carolina State, also had offers from South Carolina, Marshall, Appalachian State, Maryland, Michigan and Georgia Tech.
“It was a very tough process,” Pride said. “You’ve got to do a lot of research, a lot of due diligence. It was really tough, but in the end, I feel like I made the perfect decision for me.”
As a senior, Pride had 41 receptions for 848 yards with 13 touchdowns, 183 rushing yards with three touchdowns, 437 yards in kickoff and punt returns with three touchdowns and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a score.