Looney discusses official visit

James Looney had many several trips in the past to Winston-Salem to see his older brother, Joe, perform at offensive tackle for the Demon Deacons. This time the trip's focus was his alone as the 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman from Lake Worth, Fla. arrived with his parents on Friday, September 28th for his official visit.

"I liked it a lot," said James Looney. "My host was Teddy Matthews, a freshman linebacker from West Palm Beach. He showed me around the campus and the town. We got to eat a lot of amazing food. The Chop House was outstanding.

"I had a lot of experiences being [at Wake Forest] with Joe, but I wanted to see for myself how the coaches talk to players in pre-game to get them ready. I'm making a four year commitment so it was something important for me to take in. I loved Coach Himebauch. I think he's an awesome offensive line coach. I really liked everything I got to see from the team and the coaches on the visit."

The Deacons fell short in producing a win for Looney to see that Saturday falling to Duke, 34-27. Unfortunately, Looney's team has had troubles putting games in the win column themselves this season. Lake Worth Community High School is off to an 0-5 start with a one point loss to Santalucas and a six point loss to West Boca Raton.

"We're starting to come up," Looney said. "We've been real close, but we need to learn to finish. I've been playing well. I play nose, defensive end, and left guard. In the Olympic Heights game, I had three sacks, six tackles, and three forced fumbles. I've been hitting the film room hard this season to read how teams play. I feel like I'm doing a better job of knowing what to look for than I did in the past, like looking out for screens or quick passes on third and 15. Overall, I think I'm playing more intelligently."

The Wake Forest official was Looney's first, but he's hoping to take all five. Since he's graduating in December, he'll have to squeeze four more in during the next couple of months, but he has a good idea of what schools he wants to see.

"I'm planning on going to Minnesota, FIU, USF, and probably Marshall," he said. "I'm looking for the school with the best education and the best opportunity for early playing time. I also want to be around good kids, not just on the football team but on campus as well. I like to be around good people. Position doesn't matter. Wake Forest said I could play on either side of the ball, but I like offense."

The Lake Worth Trojans will try and nail down their first win of the season this Friday in their homecoming game against Spanish River. Looney reports he's "ahead of schedule" in his effort to graduate early in December.

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