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Aug 4, 2009
Maybe Wake Forest was trying to get the bulk of its recruiting done before the start of preseason practice.
Or perhaps a lot of high school seniors wanted to decide on their college of choice before they kicked off the 2009 season.
Whatever the reason, the Demon Deacons have put together one of the most significant recruiting surges since Jim Grobe came aboard as head coach over the past month.
Wake Forest has added nine players to its recruiting Class of 2010 since July 22, including two of the top prospects from the Raleigh area.
The Deacons scored a major in-state coup by securing an oral commitment from wide receiver Matt James of Raleigh's Sanderson High over the weekend.
James is an impressive athlete who stands 6-foot-6, weighs in at 196 pounds and has 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash. He chose Wake over offers from Central Florida, East Carolina, Kent State, Maryland, Syracuse and West Virginia among others.
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Aug 4, 2009
RALEIGH — Broughton offensive lineman Colin Summers committed to Wake Forest on Monday afternoon, becoming the second Raleigh commitment for the Demon Deacons in the last three days.
“[Wake Forest has] always been on my list from the very start. I really like the small school atmosphere while getting a chance to play BCS football,” Summers said Monday evening.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman picked Wake Forest over Duke, East Carolina and Elon, and the atmosphere had a big impact on his decision.
“The academics can't be beat and I really like the coaches a lot and they treat their players like family,” Summers said. “It’s just a perfect place for me.”
Summers has already met head coach Jim Grobe, and he spoke highly of his future coach.
“Well, people think very highly of him, and I immediately could see why,” said Summers. “He’s a very kind,
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Aug 2, 2009
Sanderson High School's Matt James is interviewed during an event at WRAL's headquarters in Raleigh on August 19, 2008.
RALEIGH — Sanderson wide receiver Matt James verbally committed to Wake Forest over the weekend, the rising senior confirmed to HighSchoolOT.com Sunday morning.
“It’s a great school academically, they have a great coaching staff, and there’s a chance to play for a BCS bowl every year," James said of the Demon Deacons.
The 6-foot-4, 203-pound James has been on a run-heavy Sanderson squad for the first three years of his high school career. Last year, James caught 18 passes for 450 yards and eight scores. However, James said this year will be a breakout year for him and the rest of the receivers at Sanderson.
"We’re spread offense now, and 75-percent of the time the ball’s in air,” James said of the new Sanderson offense.
James said he hasn't formally met Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe, but said he had heard nothing but good things about the former National Coach of the Year. The coaching staff…
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Jul 24, 2009
APEX — Point guard Adam Perry has led the Cougars through a number of big games, from conference rivalries, to the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational, to the state championship, and now the Apex High School graduate is headed to Brewster Academy to play basketball.
“[When you play in big games] you’re going up against the best of the best, so it's not like playing some random team during the regular season, you're going up against players like Ryan Kelly," Perry, a three year varsity player at Apex, said.
Perry hopes that his prep time at Brewster will give him what he needs to get to a low or mid-major Division-I offer. “I hope to get stronger," he said.
The former Cougar debated attending Brewster and Hargrave, but ultimately Perry decided Brewster was a better fit.
“I feel like their offense is more my game. They have a more up-tempo style, they press, they run 94-feet the whole game," Perry said.…
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