North Gwinnett (Georgia) High School offensive lineman Sean Maginn had more than 17 offers and was committed to Arkansas State, but had been holding out hope for last last offer to come to fruition — Wake Forest.
He got the news he’d been seeking Sunday evening and flipped his commitment to the Deacs.
“Today was very exciting,” he said when talking with Demon Deacon Digest Monday afternoon. “Everything was sinking in. I’m going to be playing at Wake Forest. Playing in a Power 5 conference. Playing in a Power 5 conference has always been a dream of mine. Now that it’s came true, I’m excited to work hard, play at Wake Forest and get my degree.”
Maginn was clear about what put Wake over the top in his mind.
“Mainly it was the education I was going to get at Wake Forest. Their business program is one of the top in the nation,” he said. “That’s really what won me over, and the fact that it’s Power 5/ACC. Plus I have a great connection with (offensive line) coach (Nick) Tabacca, and coach (Dave) Cohen, who were recruiting me.”
Maginn’s offer sheet was impressive in its depth, as he had a choice between Elon, Tulane, Georgia Southern, Air Force, Charlotte and a dozen other. But he’d yet to get a Power 5 conference opportunity until Sunday night.
“It was huge. I was blessed to have the offers I had before Wake Forest offered, but to get that Wake Forest offer was just huge,” he said. “It felt like to me the work had paid off and I got that big accomplishment. It was huge to me.”
The Deacs began to take interest in Maginn in October.
“I took an unofficial in October when Wake played Syracuse at home. The week before that Syracuse game was when the recruiting process started with Wake Forest,” he said. “They wanted me to see me in person, and see that I was really 6-foot-4, 270. After seeing that I really wanted to follow through, that’s when this recruiting process took off.”
His main recruiters from Wake were his position coach Tabacca and Cohen, whose region includes Georgia.
“I saw him (Cohen) probably three times when he came to the school,” Maginn said. “He did a great job. He wanted to tell me that getting an offer from Wake Forest was a possibility, but he didn’t want to get my hopes up. He did a great job. He told me a lot about Wake.”
Maginn played left tackle his junior year and left guard his senior year. Tabacca has told Maginn to be prepared to play center at Wake.
“From February until I enroll, I’m going to working on snapping the ball, learning to snap the football with both hands, and working to get the footwork down,” he said.
According to Maginn, he’s fast off the ball and athletic, and has a 4.9 40 time.
“I can move in space,” he said. “I have good lateral quickness. I have a 315-power clean, so my hips are pretty strong. I can drive the linebacker down the field.”
Maginn is also on the wrestling team at North Gwinnett, and hold an 8-2 record this season. He finished 20-10 in the heavyweight division last year, falling one win short of making state.
“I fell in love with the sport and kept up with it through high school,” he said. “I’m definitely going to miss it. I don’t regret doing it at all.”
Maginn is set for an official visit this coming weekend.
“My mom and dad are really proud and excited to see me go on to do great things at Wake Forest,” he said. “They’re ready to go do this with me.”