Joshua Wilhite ready for Winston-Salem

Many coaches backed off pursing Joshua Wilhite after he tore his ACL in game two of his junior season at Hightower High School. The injury forced the budding star to miss the rest of the 2010 season. He rehabbed the injury and put together a strong senior season helping the Hurricanes reach the Texas 5A state championship game at Cowboys Stadium. Wilhite talked of recent in-home visit and more.

"We started off losing the first two games," said Joshua Wilhite. "Then we turned thing around and didn't lose again until the state championship game. I had 1,500 yards [rushing] and 20 touchdowns. During the playoff run, I had three games for over 150 yards rushing."

The 5-foot-10, 187-pound athlete had 157 yards against Houston's North Shore in the second round and 158 yards and two touchdowns in the semi-finals against San Antonio Madison. He was a unanimous selection All-District (23-5A) at running back. He was also selected All-District at kick returner with three returns for scores. He was also Second Team All-Sun (Houston Metro).

"After spending three seasons on varsity I'm very used to playing the game," said Wilhite. "I knew perfectly what I needed to do to execute the play. Running the ball, I felt like I improved most on my field vision."

Wilhite committed to Wake Forest during the summer. He says the loyalty the coaching staff showed him during his injury was the key factor in his decision to become part of the Demon Deacon program.

"While all of the other coaches were looking to the injury, Wake Forest was looking past it," Wilhite said. "The other coaches wanted to see how I'd come back. Wake Forest always stuck with me. The academics are excellent. The team just keeps getting better and better. When you add everything up you can't beat it."

Wilhite is set to travel with his parents to Winston-Salem for his official visit on Friday, January 20th. He has stayed in close contact with the staff. Coach Grobe paid Wilhite a recent in-home visit.

"It was great," Wilhite said of the meeting. "Coach [Steve] Russ was with him. We talked for a long time about school and football. He told me 13 committed recruits will be there this weekend and a couple of players who still haven't made their decision. I'm looking forward to getting to know the other players and find out where I'll be staying."

Wilhite plans on competing in track and field in the spring for Hightower in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash plus relay events.

They will have a signing day ceremony at his high school on Wednesday, February 1st. Hurricane teammate, Bralon Addison, is expected to sign with Texas A&M. The class will graduate June 1st, and Wilhite will move to Winston-Salem by July 5th.

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