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 at Wake Forest has told James that he will have an opportunity to play wide receiver.
“They’re recruiting me as an athlete, but they said they would give me a shot at wide receiver," James said. "They said after a year at wide receiver they would evaluate me, and then if I needed to change positions they would take steps to do that."
James also said he would be redshirted his freshman year.
"Next year I’m just going hit the weight room extremely hard and put on as much muscle as possible," said James.
James also had offers from Air Force, East Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
However, before James gets to next season, he has a chance to help Sanderson to a successful season this year, and he's confident that the Spartans can be successful.
“I think we’re going to make a great run this year, hopefully we’ll make the playoffs in November and make a good run there," James said. "I think we've got what it takes to win the conference championship."
Sanderson begins their season on Aug. 21 at home against Athens Drive.