"Wake Forest told me how much they like my versatility," said Lance Virgile. "They liked how I use my hands, my arm-length, and my speed off the edge. There were many things they said they liked about my game. They think I'd be a good fit in their defense at outside linebacker but move up to defensive end and rush the passer in certain situations.
"I've always liked Wake Forest. My Dad is very high on them. It's a good school for athletics and a great school for academics. I'm most definitely going to try to make a trip to North Carolina for a visit." The Raiders get a chance to showcase their talent on national television at least two or three games per season. Last year, Virgile made a huge play in the De La Salle game when he sacked quarterback Bart Houston, one of the nation's premier passers who signed with Wisconsin. Although he asserted himself as an impact player at a powerhouse program in 2011, Virgile wants more this season.
"I feel like I've gotten better at everything," he said. "From coverage to pass rush to overall football knowledge, I'm a better player than I was last year. I did a decent job and we made it to the semifinals but didn't make it to state. I lead the team in sacks with 12 and had between 50 and 60 tackles. This year I want to help get this team in the mindset that we're going to be state champions. I don't walk away [from St. Thomas Aquinas] without a ring."
Virgile says at least 15 seniors on the Raider rosters either have offers or are receiving serious Division 1 interest. Joey Bosa committed to Ohio State and John O'Korn committed to Houston. Virgile, however, says he's going to be patient with his decision.
"I'm still open," Virgile said. "I'm not even going to narrow my list until mid-season. I want to go to a school with an excellent athletic program that's competitive within their conference. I'm also looking for a great academics school. I don't want to be left with nothing to do when football ends for me, so getting a degree is very important. One thing I learned from talking to other players is to find a good campus that suits your lifestyle because you don't want to be somewhere for four year where you're going to be miserable."
A good student, Virgile reports a 3.2 GPA. The Raiders will play a pre-season game with Dillard on August 23rd. They'll be on national television again on September 14th when they face Don Bosco Prep at Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium. Virgile wears No. 43.