Deacons offer TX prospect

This year's recruiting class saw Wake Forest pluck for gems from the Lone Star state. They're back in Texas again with an extended offer to Joshua Kalu of Alief Taylor High School in Houston. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back spoke to on his interest in the Wake Forest program.

"It was about two or three weeks ago when my coach came up to me at school and said Wake Forest was on the phone," Kalu said. "I talked to both Coach Jackson and Coach Duffie and they gave me an offer. They thought I had a lot of raw talent, that I'd be able to come up there and play well in the secondary, and liked that I want to stay at college until I finish up my degree. Basically, they thought I'd be a good addition both on and off the field.

"You know, I don't really know a whole lot about Wake Forest, but I'm learning. My teammate, Duke Ejiofor, keeps talking them up to me. He signed with the in February. I'm really happy and excited to receive the offer. Right now, I'm just going through the process. I haven't made any visits yet. I'm going to see where I'm at this summer and hopefully make some trips."

Kalu had 32 tackles and a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception for a loaded Lions team in 2012. With the departure of Torrodney Prevot, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Duke Ejiofor, and Jonathan Wiggins from the Lions defense, Kalu will be called upon more often to come up with the big play when needed next season.

"It's easy to get bored back there in the secondary," he said, "especially when we play running teams. This year I learned to stay focused and become a wiser player on the field. Watching game films helped me a lot more. You play faster when you have a good idea of what your opponent is going to do. I feel like I'm ready to be a senior leader and communicate more with people on the field."

So far, Kalu has received offers from Colorado, Houston, SMU, and Wake Forest. Although he mentioned Colorado and Houston as his early leaders, Kalu said he's in no rush to make a decision.

"I want to go to a program where the people are enthusiastic," Kalu said. "I want to play with guys who are playing because they love the game. I don't want to be around a lot of negative people. The main thing is getting a degree. I want to so something in medicine like Nursing so I'm going to be looking at the schools with good programs in that area."

In his first season as a starter at Taylor, Kalu was named 5A District 18 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He followed in up with basketball and plans to end the school year competing in the triple and high jumps along with the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter dash. He said his best event is the triple jump where he has a personal best of 45-feet.

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