Joel Suggs still hears from others

Through the development of recruiting classes college football aficionados have watched as high school athletes committed to schools, got distracted by others and then ultimately made a spur of the moment decision to commit to another. It's easy to get overwhelmed as the numbers rise and the spotlight gets brighter, but for the first 2012 commitment more options didn't mean more confusion..


Wake Forest's first 2012 commitment, offensive lineman Joel Suggs, went with his gut early on.

"I live close to Wake, and really enjoy the atmosphere," said the 6-6, 285-pound athlete of his future school and team. "When I was younger I went to the camps and loved the idea of playing college sports. I've definitely enjoyed everything I've seen about Wake Forest, from the coaching to the teams, the academics and the campus."

Suggs committed to the Deacs in March, and despite other offers has remained confident in his decision to become a Demon Deacon.

"I know Stanford was trying to keep in touch with me, but I haven't really been trying to respond," Suggs said. "I'm definitely still getting substantial amounts of mail every week from schools.

"I've met a lot of players that really try to hunt for those offers and see how many they can get; but I felt complacent at Wake and didn't feel like I needed to follow."

Suggs continued about the offer from his future school.

"I was really confident because I think I could've played the recruiting game a little more, but I definitely feel blessed to have this offer," he said. "I've thought a lot about it and talked with my parents, and in that short time I really just felt like I was at home there."

Suggs also attended a one-day camp at Wake Forest.

"It went well; I think I performed pretty well," he said of the experience.

Despite invitations to camps at other schools, The Randleman, N.C. native is gearing up for performance at his school of choice.

"I've been lifting a lot with my team-working out, and making sure we're ready for next season," said Suggs, noted by his coach as being a team leader.

The Randleman High School senior is in regular contact with Coaches Lobotzke and Knorr and is considering Wake's medical program, with a possible focus in sports medicine.

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