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In-state defensive end previews Wake visit

Heritage High School defensive end Joseph Boletepeli previews his upcoming trip to Wake Forest.

Three-star 2018 North Carolina defensive end Joseph Boletepeli is seeing interest and offers continue to grow.

He’s taken trips to Maryland and Louisville in addition to visiting in-state schools North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State.

He’s set for a visit to Wake Forest Monday.

He’s been talking often to Wake defensive line coach Dave Cohen.

“He’s told me a lot about academics, that they have 98 percent graduation rate and about the small class sizes,” Boletepeli said. “I know they have a great business school. They tell me it’s a great spot in terms of life after football.

"They have helped guys get to the next level.”

He expects to encounter a family atmosphere in Winston-Salem.  

“I’m looking for a home feeling and a nice atmosphere,” he said. “I’m looking for a place I can be myself and just grind.”

Boletepeli played at Millbrook last season, but school redistricting means he’ll be finishing up as a senior at Heritage (Wake Forest, N.C.) High School.

“I’ve got a great relationship with the coaches so far,” he said. “It’s been nice.”

He said his pass rushing ability is what is earning him so much attention from college recruiters.

“I want to get after the quarterback more and more and more,” Boletepeli said. “I want to get into the backfield and be disruptive.”

Boletepeli said he’s never had a favorite local football team, and typically roots for the underdog when watching college football on TV.

“I want an opportunity to contribute to the team,” he said about what he’s looking for in a college. “I’m looking for great coaching, and someone who can teach me the game and the entire process of being an elite defensive end.”

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