Latter commits to WFU

Jalen Latter became the first Wake Forest commitment of the new year. The 6-foot, 185-pound athlete from Zebulon B. Vance High School in Charlotte, N.C. had been to the Winston-Salem campus for a summer camp and back for the Clemson game in October, but gave his verbal pledge to Jim Grobe on Sunday, the last day of his official visit.

"It was a very good visit," said Jalen Latter. "We toured the campus and facilities and got to see pretty much everything they had. The high point of the weekend was spending time with the team. I feel like they have great chemistry and I fit in well with those guys. My player-host was Tylor Harris, a defensive lineman from Louisiana. We got along great. The other thing that stood out to me was getting a chance to speak with some of the professors. They all seemed like real nice people.

"I spent the whole weekend with my position coach, Tim Duffie. I like that he sees a lot of potential in me. When they offered me, he told me that he loved my character as a person and that I was a great athlete who they can put anywhere on the field. Before I left, I let Coach Grobe and Coach Duffie know that I wanted to be a Deacon. What got me the most was the unbelievable atmosphere and the coaches."

Latter made the commitment to Wake Forest with both his mother and father present. Although tabbed to play in the secondary for the Demon Deacons, Latter can make things happen with the ball in his hands. He led the Vance Cougars at quarterback as a senior to a 9-4 record and to the second round of the North Carolina Class 4A state playoffs.

"You know, I felt like I had a pretty good season," he said. "I had 2500 total yards rushing and passing and 25 total touchdowns. Having played quarterback, I think will helping me in being able to read offenses in the secondary. I also have good speed and acceleration to the ball and a 38-inch vertical.

"My goal, when I get to Wake Forest, is to be able to play as much as possible as a true freshman. The coaches talked a little bit about it to me on the visit. They said if I come in and show that I can play, I should see a lot of early playing time."

As a senior, Latter was an All-Conference performer in the I-Meck. His best game of the year was probably against Lake Norman where he passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards on five carries with a touchdown. He wore jersey number-8 as a Cougar.

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