March 4, 2012

Wake offers local tight end

Winston-Salem (NC) Mount Tabor tight end Lucas Wilson, who grew up cheering for Wake Forest as a kid received a scholarship offer from the Black and Gold Thursday, March 1.

Steed Lobotzke and Ray McCartney are recruiting Wilson for the Demon Deacons.

Wilson met Jim Grobe for the first time during the visit.

"He [Grobe] seemed like a real down to earth, sincere kind of a guy," Wilson said. "He really made it clear that his goal was to surround himself with other coaches on the coaching staff that were also high character. It seemed like a great atmosphere and they all seemed like good coaches to play for."

Wake joins NC State and South Florida as the three teams that have offered the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder, while Clemson, East Carolina and North Carolina have shown interest.

"I've visited NC State probably more than any of the other schools," Wilson said. I've yet to visit South Florida, but I plan on going down to South Florida over my spring break."

Mike Reed is recruiting him for the Wolfpack.

"I'm pretty familiar with Coach Reed," Wilson said. "I've talked to him quite a bit, probably just as much as any other coach."

Wilson's parents and Mount Tabor head coach Laymarr Marshall joined him for last week's visit to Wake Forest.

"I met with Coach Lobo and he showed me some film about how they run the tight end and how they planned on changing a few things next year for it," Wilson said. "We watched about 20, 25 minutes of film and he explained all of that to me. After that we walked out and it was just me, him and Coach [Ray] McCartney. My mom and dad were around too. That's when they offered me a scholarship. From there I just went out on the field and watched them do some Plyometrics. I didn't stay for seven-on-seven. I went over to the stadium to check that out. Before I went to the stadium they gave me a quick tour of the campus."

Wilson said he could definitely see himself in Wake's new tight end schemes.

"They throw the ball a lot," Wilson said. "They always have a tight end in play and sometimes they'll flex him out and also have him on the line. I like to do a little bit of both. That's definitely something I'd like."

He plans to attend one of Wake's spring practices.

His mother, Donna Wilson graduated from Wake Forest in 1982. The Wake Faithful may know her as Donna Johnson from when she played basketball for the Demon Deacons.

"I actually watched them [Demon Deacons] play baseball a lot growing up when I was a little bit younger. Back in elementary school age we had season football tickets. Over the years I've gone with some of my buddies to the games pretty frequently. I've grown up watching Wake Forest a whole lot."

Wilson said he has not decided if the short proximity between Wake Forest and his home is a good thing or not.

He caught 21 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns to help Mount Tabor advance to the third round of the state playoffs on its way to an 11-2 record.

"He's a guy with outstanding natural talent with good overall athleticism and can run," Marshall said. "His best attribute is that he'll go up and get the football and catch it at its highest point. He'll grab it in traffic. He's a receiving tight end, but he's not afraid to stick his nose in there and block. Again, he's not afraid to put his hands in the dirt and get down and dirty and hit somebody."

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