Offers continued to accumulate for Collins Hill (Suwanee, GA) High School defensive back Peyton Woulard, as he made the rounds for visits at some of the top programs in the ACC and SEC.
In the end however, the most recent visit to Winston-Salem pushed Woulard over the top as he gave his commitment to Wake Forest Sunday.
“It was my third time visiting the school this past weekend. I think the third time sealed the deal,” Woulard said. “I stayed with the players and talked to them about what they thought about Wake. They said they loved it and loved the people.
“I took a long look at the academics part of it. I toured the medical facilities and saw what it would be like to be a student there. I like what they’re doing with the football program.”
Woulard came in to watch the spring game, and spent a lot of time with safeties Cam Glenn and Jessie Bates.
“They made a bunch of plays on both offense and defense. They told me to keep an eye on how many DBs they were using, because they’re light right now,” he said. “They don’t have much depth, and that I could step in right away and play. I saw that. I can tell they don’t have much depth.
“Overall, it was a good game. I like the style of ball they’re playing.”
Woulard spent extra time during the weekend with safeties coach Lyle Hemphill.
“I went back to McCreary Fieldhouse and broke down film with coach Hemphill. It was a great experience,” Woulard said. “He taught me different concepts on how to identify receivers and coverages.”
Woulard said there’s a lot of similarity between he and fellow Georgia product Cam Glenn.
“Coming out of high school, Cam said he had many of the similar offers I do now. He was saying when he got to Wake, it just clicked for him. It was home,” Woulard said. “Coming from the area I’m at, it’s not a bad drive either. He’s like 30 minutes from my high school. He said I’ll love it when I get there, and he’ll take me under his wing.”
Woulard is a big fan of what the Deacs are accomplishing under coach Dave Clawson, who just completed his third season at the helm, leading the Deacs to their first winning season since 2008.
“I’m going to stay fully committed to Wake Forest. I’ve seen all the facilities coming in, and they’re top notch,” Woulard said. “I’m impressed with that, and feel like this will be a good home for the next four-or-five years.”