Belmont Hill (Belmont, MA) School wide receiver Jake Bobo visited two schools in North Carolina this weekend, then got to see them battle it out on the hardwood in an instant classic.
The 6-foot-4, 185 pound 3-star wideout began his journey Thursday at Wake Forest, where he watching the Deacs go through a workout.
“Got in Thursday afternoon and took in their Thursday workout,” Bobo said. “I had dinner with some of their staff, and I hung out with some of the players Thursday night.”
He spent some time Friday with offensive lineman Jake Benzinger and wide receiver Alex Bachman, joining them for a business class. He then hit some team meetings and got a full tour of the campus.
“It was great overall. I’ve been there twice before for camp, and then for the Boston College game in the fall,” Bobo said. “It was nice, because there were students on campus. It was overall a really good experience.”
He said Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson and his staff made it clear he was wanted in Winston-Salem.
“They want to sling it around a little bit. They have both quarterbacks coming back,” Bobo said. “They want to split me out wide, and they think I’m a guy who can go down and make plays on the ball in the air.”
Bobo, who had 10 touchdown catches in his junior season, made the trip to Durham Friday night, where he took in Duke Junior Day activities Saturday.
“Junior Day Saturday, which included the Wake vs. Duke basketball game, which was awesome,” Bobo said. “That was one of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen, plus it was in Cameron, which was great.
“Hung out with players Sat night, and met with staff and coach (David) Cutcliffe Sunday.
“Both Clawson and Cutcliffe — it was great to just soak in what those guys had to say. They’re so successful at the collegiate level.”
Bobo feels fortunate to be at this spot in the recruiting process.
“I didn’t necessarily know going into this recruiting thing that I would be in as fortunate of a situation as I am,” he said. “My parents have always stressed that I should find a school that features great academics with a chance to play big time Power 5 football. Both Wake and Duke have that playing in the ACC.”
“I’m still feeling things out, but I feel very comfortable with Wake and Duke — just right now. Boston College is still in the mix because they are so close to home. But I’ve been in contact with both the staffs from Wake and Duke for a pretty long time.”
He said there are more similarities than differences between Duke and Wake, but it going to take a hard look at it analytically.
“I’ve been trying to a little bit. It’s tough. I’m looking forward to talking to my parents a little more now that we’ve got home,” Bobo said. “That’s what I’ve been trying to do is identify differences — pros and cons. There’s very few cons with either school, which makes it that much tougher.”
Bobo said his parents were impressed with both Wake and Duke.
“They were both blown away by the prestigious education available at both schools,” he said.