Deacs courting legacy recruit

The Demon Deacon staff is heavily working on the class of 2014. They're looking at Wake Forest legacy, Allen Artis, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga. Allen's father, Johnny, was a running back for the Deacons during the Al Groh/Bill Dooley era. His son spoke to DeaconsSports on his recruitment.

"We went to Wake Forest last Saturday for a visit," said Artis. "Whenever I go I see some familiar faces. I talked to all of the coaches and some of the players. I received an offer when I was on campus. I spoke a lot with Coach Knoor while I was there. He said he just loves the way I play and my athleticism. They like me at defensive back, but specifically free safety.

"Wake Forest is a great school. Obviously, I'm comfortable with the program especially since my dad played there. I'm up to nine offers right now, so I'm just taking my time checking out some of the campuses on the weekend."

Artis said his first offer came from North Carolina. So far, he's paid visits to Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State. The recruiting attention comes after a huge junior performance for the Wheeler Wildcats in Georgia Class AAAAAA football.

"It was a good year," Artis said. "I made All-Area, All-Region, All-County, and All-State. I had more than 140 tackles and had three safeties. I feel like I have good vision. I'm able to see stuff on the field before the play develops. I'm always looking to make a play and have developed a reputation as a big hitter."

An injury sidelined Artis for most of his sophomore season. He helped the Wildcats make the playoffs this year but they were defeated by Atlanta-area powerhouse, Grayson.

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