Big-time DT commits to WFU

One of the most important aspects of recruiting is getting the prospects on campus. When Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge defensive end Kyle Shortridge came to Wake Forest on Monday, he wasn't ready to commit. By the end of the visit, he had made a pledge to play football for the Demon Deacons.

"I loved what I had seen [at Wake Forest]," Shortridge said. "It felt like home right away. It's a great program and i just wanted to come in and be a part of it. I think the coaching staff is going to be there for awhile. We're going to do big things when I get there."

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman also liked the number of players on the Wake Forest roster from the Sunshine State and a closer proximity to his home in Palm Beach County.

"After the tour I chilled and talked with Dominique Gibson and Ziggy Allen," Shortridge said. "Those were the two main guys who showed me around campus. It reminded me a lot of being at home. I felt at ease there the whole time like I was back at my high school."

Shortridge said he has a total of 25 Division 1 offers but it was Wake Forest, that only offered him recently, that won him over.

"I liked Wake Forest, Boise State, and Texas A&M," Shortridge said. "I really wanted a place where my parents can come see me play though and Winston-Salem isn't too far from home.

"It was about a month ago when Coach Mac (Ray McCartney) offered me. "He liked my first step off the line, my speed, strength, and size. He told me i could make things happen with my pass rush and stopping the run."

On the visit, Shortridge was accompanied by his Seminole Ridge teammate, Rayfield Dixon, who is also being recruited by Wake Forest, and Dixon's mother.

"My Mom didn't come with me," Shortridge said, "but she's done a lot of research on the school. I told Coach Mac before we left I was ready to commit. He smiled and said 'alright, welcome to the family."

In his junior season, Shortridge was a First Team all-County and all-Area selection. He has a bench max of 340 lbs., a squat max of 435 lbs., and a dead lift max of 480 lbs. His best time in the 40 yard dash is a 4.8 and a 4.3 in the shuttle. Shortridge wears No. 99 for the Seminole Ridge Hawks. He said he's looking at Physical Therapy as a possible college major.

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