Deacs Lead For Bigelow

Last month, Tavius Bigelow, a 5-foot-11, 176-pound defensive back from Burlington (N.C.) Williams, used spring games to help compare the football programs of two schools that have been recruiting him – Wake Forest and North Carolina.

"They really impressed me," said Tavius Bigelow in regards to Wake Forest's spring game performance. "I thought they looked better than [North] Carolina when I went to their spring game. They really impressed me on the field with the defense. That just set it off for me right there."

The Demon Deacons "set it off" so much that – despite lacking an offer – Wake Forest currently holds the leader position for Bigelow.

"Overall I think it's a great program to be in," said Bigelow. "If I got a scholarship from them I would commit on the spot, because it's a really great school. They have a nice campus – I really liked their cafeteria. They've got great academics; very high graduation rate – they said 98%."

Louisville and Boston College are breathing down the Deacons' neck for Bigelow's services. If either Big East school extends Bigelow his first offer, Wake Forest could be dethroned.

Bigelow, who is being recruited for defensive back by Coach Jeff Mullen, realizes that he might have to earn a Deacon scholarship offer during the summer.

"I'm going to go back up there so they can evaluate me more at their top prospect one-day camp in June," said Bigelow.

This past weekend Bigelow bettered his recruiting stock during the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Charlotte. After measuring in at 5'10 ¾" and 176 pounds, Bigelow posted a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, 4.28-second 20-yard shuttle, and vertically jumped 28.8 inches.

On his way to All-Conference honors, Bigelow recorded 40 tackles, six interceptions, and 12 pass break-ups.


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