Three-star Sebastian River High School (Fla.) cornerback Raheem Layne wrapped up an impactful visit to Wake Forest.
“It went good. They have a nice campus and good academic opportunities,” he said. “They’re on the come-up in football. They just won a bowl game.”
The Wake coaching staff sold Layne on the potential of early playing time if he flips from Minnesota to become a Deac.
“They’re really low on corners. They have like three corners on the depth chart, so early playing time,” Layne said. “They play in the ACC, and that’s the best football conference right now.”
It probably helps Wake Forest that they just hired Jay Sawvel as their new defensive coordinator. Sawvel wasn’t retained by new Golden Gopher head coach P.J. Fleck after the coaching change.
“That’s the only reason I went there this weekend,” Layne said about the hire of Sawvel. “I was going to go somewhere else.”
Layne visited with current Wake players, 2017 commits and coaches on his trip to Winston-Salem.
“My host was Cameron Glenn, and I spent some time with Amari Henderson,” he said. “The coaches were great, and there were a lot of commit there too. I hung out a lot with Coby Davis.”
Wake’s facilities stack up well against what Layne has seen during his recruitment.
“They’re in the process of some more additions, but the indoor was nice,” Layne said. “I’ve seen a lot of them, but that one’s nice.”
At 6-feet, 184 pounds, Layne is a physical corner who uses skille, speed and size to his advantage.
“I play real physical. I’m very competitive. I like guarding the best receiver,” Layne said. “I lock down the whole half of the field, so it makes defense easier on everybody else.”
His mother made the trip to Wake Forest with him, and he’s yet to decide where things go from here.
“I don’t know yet,” he said.