Ali Lamot talks decision

The Wake Forest recruiting roll continued with the ninth commitment to the 2013 class when Ali Lamot gave his verbal pledge to his recruiting coach Derrick Jackson during the weekend. Lamot, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker who attends Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, got his Demon Deacon offer at camp just two weeks ago.


"Having Coach Jackson as my recruiter and my future position coach was a big thing for me," said Ali Lamot. "When I was there for camp it went pretty good. It was my first time playing under Coach Jackson. I feel like I'm a very coachable player, and he did a great job coaching me up. Later that night, he told me I had an offer.

"I talked a lot with my family and my coaches about committing [to Wake Forest]. They said if I liked it enough there was no reason to wait.

"When I was at camp I met coach Grobe and the rest of the coaches. I thought it was a great atmosphere with a real family vibe.

"I think I'll fit in well with the school's athletics and academics. I had a great unofficial visit last Wednesday. When I called to commit, coach Jackson was pretty happy."

Only 60 miles east of Winston-Salem down I-40 in Mebane, Lamot plays defensive end for the Eastern Alamance Eagles. He had 65 tackles, 16 sacks, 10 pass breakups, six forced fumbles, an interception that was returned for a touchdown, and a blocked kick. The staff at Wake Forest, however, likes him at linebacker.

"Coach Jackson said he likes how I give great effort and that I play with a high motor," he said. "I've been playing basketball and running track. He said he thought if I focused just on football I could become even better. He said I was long, athletic, and had a big upside."

Lamot was named All-Conference (3A Mid-State) as a junior. He recorded a season-high seven sacks in the last game against Williams. He went on to a 7th place ranking in the 110 meter hurdles for the track team. He reports among the top 10 students at his high school academically.

At this time, he remains undecided on an early graduation in December from Eastern Alamance. He wears No. 99 for the Eagles.

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