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Former Southern Miss pledge Zach Tom flips to Wake

Deacs address a big need in the 2017 class with a flip.

Demon Deacon Digest has learned of a flip last week of former Southern Miss offensive line commit Zach Tom

"I felt like Wake Forest was the right place for me," Tom said. "To be honest, my brother played at Southern Miss and I really didn't want to have the same experience as he did. I wanted something different for college.

"This is the ACC. So big time football and great academics. That's why I made the decision." 

Tom visited Wake a couple weeks ago when they hosted Clemson. 

"The only problem was it was cold," Tom said who made the trip along with his father. 

"He liked it and wanted me to come here too," Tom said. 

Tom is a 6-foot-4, 270 pound offensive lineman from Baton Rouge's Catholic High School. Tom is considered a smart and strong lineman, who is quick on his feet. 

"I want to gain a little more weight. That's the most important thing I need to work on," Tom said. 

He had committed in mid-September to Southern Miss, where his brother is a three-year starter and graduating senior on the Golden Eagle offensive line. 

Tom gave his decision to Wake offensive line coach Nick Tabacca during a home visit last week. 

"He seemed excited," Tom said about Tabacca's reaction to his commitment. "I like where the program is headed. They're showing improvement every year." 

In addition to football, Tom throws the shot put in track, and has a 53-foot toss under his belt. 

"It helps me create power through my body," Tom said. 

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