Moto goes with the Deacs

Wake Forest picked up another one. This time they tapped into the D.C. market and pulled out a top 100 wing prospect.

Arnaud Moto had taken official visits to Wake Forest and Vanderbilt and was planning to take a few more.

But on Saturday, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound small forward opted to give a verbal pledge to Jeff Bzdelik and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

"Arnaud Adala Moto has verbally committed to Wake Forest University," Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal coach Jim Fitzpatrick told

"Essentially for Arnaud it came down to the entire package of what is offered at Wake Forest," Fitzpatrick added. "When he made his campus visit, he felt very comfortable with the school, academically and social."

Moto,'s No. 12 wing prospect, also considered UCLA, Miami, Virginia Tech and Florida.

"In terms of basketball Arnaud felt like there was an opportunity to play and be an impact player immediately and that is something that he latched on to very quickly," Fitzpatrick said.

"He wants to have the opportunity to compete for playing time right away," he added. "He and I and coach Bzdelik and coach [Jeff] Battle talked extensively about where their program is now and where they want to be."

Wake Forest also had an advantage, as they were one of the first schools to show him strong attention.

"They were the first high major program to offer him," Fitzpatrick said. "They've done an excellent job of recruiting him over the past two years. It was really impressive to see them stay the course for the past two years."

Team Takeover head coach Keith Steven has had quite a few high major players roll through his program. Moto is one of the guys that he's really enjoyed coaching.

"He's a coaches dream," Stevens said. "He brings his hard hat everyday and he's an intelligent kid and basketball player. He brings versatility to the game."

Moto is the sixth prospect to commit to Wake Forest in the 2012 recruiting class. He joins fellow four-star recruits Codi Miller-McIntyre and Aaron Rountree, as well as Tyler Cavanaugh, Devin Thomas and Andre Washington.

Moto is ranked No. 58 overall in the 2012 recruiting class.

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