Looney thrilled with verbal
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Looney thrilled with verbal

James Looney has been a long time target for the Wake Forest coaches in this year's class. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman, who plays at Lake Worth (Fla.) Community High School, is capable of playing both sides of the ball at the college level. On October 31st, The Deacon staff got the commitment they were hoping for when Looney gave his recruiting coach, Ray McCartney, a phone call.

"I've always loved Wake," said James Looney. "You know you're going to receive a good education there and you'll have that with you regardless of whatever happens after football is over. I like that they play in the ACC, a very competitive conference with a lot of talent. Since my brother went there, I have a good feel for the program. I know many of the players, all of the coaches, and have met some of the other recruits.

"Coach Mac said he was going to start me out on the defensive line, but that they could always move me to offensive line if need be. As long as I'm on the field, I'm happy to play on either side. My goal is to come in next year, learn the playbook, and work for a spot on the field as a true freshman."

Looney's older brother, Joe, had an outstanding career at Wake Forest on the offensive front and is currently in his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers. He also played at Lake Worth, in Palm Beach County, before going to Winston-Salem. The team is struggling this season, just 1-8, but Looney is hoping to go out a winner this Friday on senior night.

"I had a good game last week against Atlantic," Looney said. "I had two sacks and a forced fumble just playing in half of the game. Unfortunately, we didn't make the playoffs. I'm just going to use the time to weight lift and get myself ready for spring ball."

The Lake Worth Trojans will host Palm Beach Gardens (7-1) and hope to spring a big upset in their season finale. Looney will graduate in December and will enroll at Wake Forest in January.