Flintall Earns Offers; Remains Committed

In late April, Burlington Cummings athlete L.J. Flintall committed to Wake Forest, becoming the first commit in Wake's class of 2005. Since, Flintall has picked up several offers, but remains committed to the Demon Deacons...

"I've now been offered by Duke, Vanderbilt, North Carolina A&T, and Navy in addition to Wake," L.J. Flintall said. "All came after I committed to Wake, some a day later or four days later."

Still, the Wake offer had come weeks before, and Flintall knew that Wake was the school for him. "This is where I really wanted to go," Flintall said of Wake Forest. "I see how they utilize small backs so this is a program where I fit in. When I went to my unofficial, they treated me real nice and special."

Just 40 miles from home with a scheme that fits, good academics, friends James Adams and Josh Gattis on the team, and friend Kevin Swinton heading to Wake Forest in the class of 2005 on a basketball scholarship, Wake's allure was too much to pass up when his offer arrived. "I was notified of the scholarship offer by my coach and about a week later, after the conference championships for track, maybe a day or two later, I called [my recruiting coach] Coach Mullen and told him I wanted to be there and that I accepted the scholarship offer."

Although he has received four offers since committing to Wake Forest, Flintall has not changed his mind. "I'm pretty much set on my decision," he said. "I'm happy where I'm at."

The Wake coaches are also happy where Flintall is at – as should Wake fans everywhere. Although some were concerned after seeing Flintall's forty times from the US Army Combines in Texas where all of his times were above 4.7, that was not the real L.J. Flintall.

"I ran a 4.72 40 but I had a hairline fracture in my foot but I thought it was a bruise," he said. "I went to the doctor and he was like I'm sorry to tell you but you have a hairline fracture and you broke your foot. If I had known then I wouldn't have gone down there because I couldn't do my best and I think that time actually hurt me some."

Flintall has healed, however, and showed what he could really do just a few weeks ago at the Ragsdale Shrine Bowl Combine. There, he posted a 4.38 forty, one of the fastest of the day.

Flintall has also proven his speed on the track. This past summer, he finished 7th in nation in 400 meter hurdles in the USA Track and Field program. Flintall also recently finished 3rd in the 2-A state championships in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 39.69 seconds.

With the state championships over, Flintall now plans to focus on the summer track scene. "Now I'm just running USA Track & Field and trying to do as well as last year," he said. "I'm running for the Durham Striders."

"I talked to Coach Grobe the day before the track meet and me and him touched on [visiting this summer] a little but he was just welcoming me to Wake Forest and what not and was happy I was the first commit. He said sometime during the summer I can come in and he can show me around one-on-one."

Flintall may also take in a few camps this summer including Duke's, Vanderbilt's, and Virginia Tech's.


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