Natron Gidney to visit Wake Forest

One of the visitors for Wake Forest's big Junior Day event this Saturday is Natron Gidney from North Carolina 3-AA state runner-up, Boiling Springs Crest High School. After a sophomore season hampered by injury and illness, Gidney came back to take the starting role at tight end and backup five-star Jonathan Bullard on the defensive line.

"It went pretty well," said Natron Gidney. "I caught a few passes at tight end and made a couple of big tackles at defensive end. When I was a sophomore I played guard, and I think I like playing tight end and defensive end a lot better. I was just happy to be out there playing the whole year."

Slowed by a wrist injury as a sophomore, Gidney would later find out even greater troubling news about his health. He was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. He was aided by his brother Nigel's stem cells and given a transplant. Now healthy, Gidney is moving forward with his football career and hoping for some offers to come his way soon.

"Right now I've just received mail [from colleges]," Gidney stated. "I connected with the Wake Forest coaches on Facebook and will be going up for their Junior Day with my parents.

"It's a great school. I like how they have both quality sports programs and quality academics. It would be a great place to go to college, plus it's just a couple hours away."

Gidney, 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, may see more time at defensive end next season with the Crest Chargers with the departure of Jonathan Bullard to the University of Florida. He's hoping to improve on his defensive prowess as well and his recruiting stock by adding regional camps and combines this spring.

"On March 10th I'll be going to a Nike Sparq Combine in Charlotte at the Panthers Practice Facility," Gidney said. "I'm hoping to take some more campus visits as well. I'm looking to go to a school with good facilities and academics with a good coaching staff in place."

Natron is one of the Gidney family's triplets with brother, Nigel, and sister, Natural. He is an honor roll student at Crest High School.

This past season he changed his jersey number to 88 from 70. Gidney has been a part of Crest's back-to-back state finalist teams. Last season they fell to Northern Guilford for the second straight year in the NCHSAA 3-AA state championship game played at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

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