Wake Forest lands quarterback

After several offensive linemen committed and a couple of tight ends, it was time for Wake Forest to add a signal caller to the offensive mix. They did so when Michael Radford II, out of Charlotte Country Day School, made his verbal pledge to the Demon Deacons, one he says is "like a dream come true."

"In the spring Coach Galloway came to my school and started talking to my coach about me," said Michael Radford. "I was extremely happy they were showing interest in me because I've always been a big fan of the program. I've grown up in Charlotte my whole life and Al Dickens, who taught me pretty much everything about football, played for Wake Forest back in the day.

"Coach Elrod wanted me to come up to camp to watch me throw. I got up there on June 3rd. It went really well. I had a good day, we understood each other, and things sparked between us. He said he really liked what he saw, but the staff needed to get together to discuss their options. They offered me, and a day later I committed. When you know, you know, and I've always known I wanted to be at Wake Forest."

Radford also has offers from Presbyterian, Charlotte, and Marshall, where his father, Michael Sr., played offensive line in 1981. It was Wake Forest, however, that won over Radford, and his family.

"They're all in there celebrating right now," said Radford. "They went out and bought Wake Forest hats after I committed this afternoon.

"Coach Elrod was actually on vacation when I called him. He said he was fired up [about the commitment] and could enjoy the rest of his vacation now that he knew he had one of his top quarterback prospects locked down."

Radford led the Buccaneers to the NCISAA state championship game as a junior in his first year as a starter on varsity.

"I had more than 1,600 passing yards and 15 touchdowns," he said. "I also rushed for more than 800 yards and 22 touchdowns. This was my first year starting, so I felt like I improved on my pocket presence and leadership skills during the course of the season.

"Coach Elrod likes that I can run a little bit. I run a 4.7-40. He likes that I have a fast release, put good velocity on the ball, and can throw a deep ball. At camp we saw who could throw the longest ball, and I ended winning it with a 67-yard throw."

Radford is also an outstanding lacrosse player. He is ranked in ESPN's top 100 lacrosse prospects and has several offers in the sport, but he says his heart is in football.

Radford wears No. 9 for the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers. He is on track to graduate with his class next spring.

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