March 18, 2007
It's a family affair for Pridemore
You might wonder why Gold and Blue flags were waving proudly early last week in the northeast Atlanta suburb of Buford, Ga., unless they were the two-year aftermath of WVU's 2006 Sugar Bowl victory over the SEC champion Bulldogs.
But that was not the reason there were smiles on a few people's faces in the hot-bed of Georgia Class 2A football.
T.J. Pridemore, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound rising senior All-Stater at the high school, received a football offer from the Mountaineers. Some 25 years ago, then WVU coach Bobby Bowden went to the tiny Southern West Virginia community of Ansted and offered T.J.'s Dad, Tom, an outstanding safety at WVU who left an NFL mark like few of his teammates before or after have done.
T.J. earned his first scholarship offer in 2006 when Mississippi State scouted him at a game and immediately offered. Since then Ole Miss, Duke, where his brother Matt is a freshman football player, and the Mountaineers have jumped on board. Likely others will follow after the combine/camping season.
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