Joel Suggs ready for official visit

Joel Suggs, of Randleman, N.C., became the first commitment of Wake Forest class of 2012 in March of 2011. Ten months have passed, and Suggs has remained true to his commitment to the Demon Deacons. He'll take his official visit this weekend.

"I liked the coaching staff," said Joel Suggs on his commitment. "Coach Grobe is the best in terms of being a leader and a role model for his players. I think he's the most fatherly coach in college football. The academics were also a bigger seller. I've made good grades in high school and want to see how far I can push myself in athletics as well as academics."

Suggs, 6-foot-6, 303-pounds started at left tackle for Randleman High School for the third straight season. Suggs was First Team All-2A PAC 6 Conference and First Team All-Randolph County all three years. He added First Team All-State (2A)this year to his accolades.

"This was probably my best season so far," Suggs said. "I improved in my pass blocking. I didn't allow any sacks. I also felt like I was faster, more explosive and did a better job finishing off my blocks. I think I averaged eight or nine pancakes per game. In one game I had 13 or 14."

The Randleman Tigers finished their regular season at 9-2, but fell to Jordan-Matthews by a single point in the first round of the playoffs. After the season, Suggs was selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on December 17th.

"I did pretty well," Suggs said of his performance in the All-Star game. "I had a chance to compete against some of the top guys from the East Coast. It also gave me the chance to play with [Wake Forest commitment] Anthony Rook."

Randleman is located only 20 miles south of Greensboro. The close proximity to Winston-Salem provided Suggs the chance to attend a number of games this season.

"They did better as far as improving on their record," Suggs said of Wake Forest's season. "I felt like they lost too many close games, but they are competing against the best competition and highly ranked teams in the country. I was able to make it to the N.C. State, FSU, Virginia Tech, and Vanderbilt games."

Suggs plans to take both of his parents on the official visit this coming weekend. He's looking forward to spending time with his future teammates as well as position coach, Steed Lobotzke.

"He's a great guy who knows a whole lot about football," Suggs said of Lobotzke. "I was invited to sit in on an offensive line meeting during the season, and I didn't really understand the terminology they were using. Then I realized it's some of what we do at Randleman. He told me he'd like to see me come in under 300 [pounds] to help with my strength and explosiveness. My goal is 290."

Suggs usually plays basketball after football season, but opted to just focus on conditioning this winter. His class at Randleman graduates in early June. Suggs plans on enrolling at Wake Forest for summer school right after the 4th of July.

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