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2024 DB Jordan Pride discusses commitment to Florida State

Florida State seemingly can’t go more than a few days without landing a commitment. After 2022 tight end Jerrale Powers announced his decision on Friday, the good news carried into the long weekend as 2024 defensive back Jordan Pride joined the Tribe on Saturday.

Pride was in Tallahassee four separate times during the month of June to unofficially visit FSU. After talking things over with his family, he decided it was time to commit to the Seminoles.

“It mostly came down to talking to my family,” Pride said. “After my unofficial visit, I thought Florida State would be a good fit for me. I talked with some of my family members and they were cool with it so I just decided to commit.”

The moment was a dream come true for Pride and his family because he grew up as a fan of the ‘Noles. He says some of his favorite players over the last few years are former stars such as Dalvin Cook, Kelvin Benjamin, Kenny Shaw, and Derwin James.

“They were all very excited because we’re all Florida State fans,” Pride said. “It was a childhood dream and they’re all very excited.”

The Florida native called defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson to tell him the good news. Following that, he also had a conversation with head coach Mike Norvell.

“Coach Woodson, he was excited and ready for me to do it,” Pride said. “When I talked to coach Norvell, he was very happy I was committing and glad I was joining the Seminoles. He just wanted me to be 100% sure that I was committed.”

As a 2024 prospect, there are nearly years remaining until Pride can sign a Letter of Intent. With so much time left in his recruitment, why was this the right time to make his commitment?

“So I can get other recruits,” Pride said. “Me and some of the other 2024 commits are talking about getting more commits, talking to guys about committing, and building our team.”

The Blountstown High School product is expected to play defensive back at the college level. Heading into his sophomore year, it is possible that he could eventually grow into a linebacker.

“They said they’re going to use me at DB and wherever they see a need,” Pride said. “They were saying that I should have a bright future at Florida State.”

“Last year, I didn’t play a lot because I was a freshman,” Pride continued. “My playstyle, I’m a pass-first guy. When you pass the ball my way, it’s most likely going to be an interception.”

Pride has already been communicating with fellow 2024 commitments, Kam Davis and Landen Thomas, to work on building the class. He’s also developed strong relationships with coach Norvell, coach Woodson, and coach Tre’ Bell.

“I learned that every coach is kind of the same but in different ways,” Pride said. “They all want you to work hard. I’m closer to coach Woodson, coach Bell, and coach Norvell. I’ve learned they’re all really the same and I like it.”

If Pride isn’t able to return to campus in July, he plans to be in attendance at Florida State’s season-opener against Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect is unranked in the 2024 class according to 247Sports. With his addition, the Seminoles now have the largest 2024 class in the country after getting off to an early start.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Pride and his upcoming sophomore season.


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