Charlotte QB excited about visit

Michael Radford, out of Charlotte County Day High School, is all set to make his official visit to Wake Forest. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback was a June commitment for the Demon Deacon coaching staff. Radford spoke with DeaconSports about his senior season in North Carolina's Queen City.

"I was having a good year," said Michael Radford, "but it ended short. I took a hard knock in our last regular season game and the trainers thought I had a concussion. It was a real bummer for me. I kept thinking about the play over and over again in my head. Then I watched on the sidelines in the playoff game where we lost by a couple of touchdowns. If we'd have won I could have played in the state championship the following week. It happens and I'm good with everything and looking ahead.

This was Radford's second season as a starter for the Buccaneers. He threw for 1600 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 700 yards and seven touchdowns in the 10 game season.

"This year I stepped up as a leader," stated Radford. "I helped get some of the younger wide receivers and running backs more involved in the offense by helping them know the plays. We run a spread offense similar to Wake Forest's with go reads, quick screens, and timing routes. While I don't have the best arm strength, I really worked hard on my footwork in the off-season with my coach and I think that helped with the ball coming off my hands."

Radford said he recently took and in-home visit with Quarterbacks coach, Tom Elrod, and area recruiter, Lonnie Galloway. Now he's anxious to make an official visit to Winston-Salem.

"The other recruits and I have a Facebook group," Radford shared. "We text each other often, almost every day. I'm excited to meet some of the recruits I haven't met yet and start forming some new relationships on my official visit. I'm going on the 18th with my parents and my little brother, who plays football, may even go.

"It was great to visit with Coach Elrod. I love him. He's a great guy. He played at Wake Forest and has coached there for 12 years. I respect his knowledge and think there's no doubt he'll be able to help improve my game while I'm there."

Tanner Price has one more season of eligibility remaining, but the rising senior shouldn't rest on his laurels because Radford says he's coming in to redshirt if he can help it.

"I do have some goals for my freshman year," Radford said. "I want to get ahead academically and not fall behind right away. I'd like to get up to around 200 to 210 pounds. I'm going in to try to win the starting job. I don't want to be content to just sit on the bench the whole year. I'm going in to compete and try to best to get on the field."

As a senior, Radford was voted team MVP by his Buccaneer teammates. He was also selected first team All-Mecklenburg region by the Charlotte Observer.

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