Evan Engram talks Wake Forest offer

Evan Engram was excited to receive his first offer from a BCS conference. Wake Forest extended the offer to the 6-foot-4, 210-pound tight end from Hillgrove High School in Marietta, Ga. The Demon Deacon staff thinks he could help the offense in a variety of ways.


"Coach Knorr came during spring ball," said Evan Engram. "Then the tight end coach, Coach Lobo, was here. It was Coach Knorr who told me I had the offer. He said they like my versatility and my size, that I can line up wide outside against the corners or as a detached tight end inside and beat the linebackers, or put my hand on the ground and block.

"I'm definitely interested. [Wake Forest] is my first big BCS offer. It's ACC football, you don't get any better than that. One of my former teammates, Brandon Chubb, goes there and he told me he loves it."

Engram lists other offers from Air Force, Elon, Furman, and South Alabama, but he says one SEC team has made strong overtures to him. He thinks an offer is possibly on the horizon.

"Ole Miss is very warm on me," Engram said. "They're looking for a big tight end. I'm going to their camp on Friday, and think they could be offering anytime. I've heard a lot of good things about the new coach, Hugh Freeze, and how he uses the tight end in the spread.

"I'm going to a camp at Georgia Tech on June 8th and Ohio State on June 10th. I'll probably try to go to a few others. I'm trying to get myself some more offers.

"I think I'll be ready to make a commitment by mid-season. I want to be somewhere I'll be comfortable staying for the next four years. I'm also going to look at the facilities, coaches, players, but most of all the education. I want a good degree I can fall back on the rest of my life."

Engram helped lead the Hillgrove Hawks to an 11-1 record as a junior. He was chosen Player of the Week for his game against North Forsyth by the area's Gridiron Club.

"We were more of a running team last year with Kenyan Drake," Engram said. "I had 20 receptions for 500 yards and six touchdowns. I was stronger last year and beat linebackers a lot bigger than me.

"This year I'm going to play more outside matching up against cornerbacks. I've improved a lot on my route running and speed. We'll definitely be more of a passing team this year."

Engram had three catches and a touchdown in Hillgrove's spring game. At a VTO Sports combine in April he was recognized as one of the top 10 wide receivers. He reports a 3.34 GPA heading into his senior year.

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