Deacs making strong push for Virgile

Wake Forest is one of the schools recruiting Lance Virgile the hardest, according to the Florida linebacker...

Virgile told DeaconSports this week that he's planning to take official visits to West Virginia and Houston in the fall, and he wants to visit Central Florida unofficially before the summer ends. He said those schools aren't his favorites but did admit to having a lot of interest in them.

"I'm going to narrow it down eventually. As for a day, I couldn't give you that," Virgile said. "The biggest thing I'm looking for is what school is going to make me become an NFL player. That's my dream. But after that it's besides football. After the helmet comes off who's going to prepare me for work?"

While Virgile has never been to Wake Forest and he doesn't have a trip planned he cited the school as one that has been recruiting him especially hard.

"I'd say UCF, Wake Forest and West Virginia have been recruiting me the hardest," the 6-3, 215-pound linebacker from St. Thomas Aquinas said.

"I really like Wake Forest. I'm hearing they have a really great education and a top football program. It's their linebackers coach that's recruiting me."

Would Virgile prefer to stay closer to home or even in his home state? "That doesn't really matter," he answered. "I think my family would understand I have to go away from home to prepare for my future."

The Deacons appear to be hoping that "leaving home" means landing in Winston-Salem.

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