2002 Recruiting Profile: Daniel Orlebar

An update to the recruiting profile on Daniel Orlebar. Orlebar, a big defensive tackle from DeMatha Catholic, will play in the Super 44 this summer.

Name: Daniel Orlebar
Position: Defensive Lineman
Hometown: Sterling, VA
High School: Dematha (MD)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 295
40 Speed: 5.2
HS Graduation Year: 2002


May 3, 2002
    2002 Wake Forest signee Daniel Orlebar has been informed that he has been selected to play in the Super 44 game that matches the best talent in Virginia against the best talent in Maryland as selected by each state's coaching staff.

    Although he lives in Virginia, since Daniel attended school at DeMatha in Maryland, he will be playing for the Maryland Team.

    This game will give Daniel a chance to showcase his talents with a larger media base.

    Also Daniel received an academic award for maintaining above a 3.0 GPA during his 3 1/2 years at DeMatha. The ceremony for his excellent work in the classroom was Wednesday night.

    Lastly, Daniel received an invitation from the Washington Post for the 2002 All-Met Banquet that will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 5.

February 12, 2002
    This past weekend, along with 130 other high school seniors, WFU signee Daniel Orlebar attended tryouts at the University of Maryland for the Super 44 football team. He did excellent as the coaches were impressed with his footwork and speed. Daniel is expected to be selected to the Super 44 squad. The Super 44 is usually held the last weekend in June.

    Meanwhile, Daniel continues to keep his GPA at 3.4 and he is working hard to finish up his senior year at DeMatha. He lifts weights and runs during the week and is looking forward to playing for Coach Grobe as well as playing alongside his brother.

    DeaconSports will have more as soon as the Super 44 team is announced!

January 25, 2002
    Wake Forest verbal commit Daniel Orlebar, a top offensive lineman, still plans to sign with Wake Forest on February 11.

    In the meantime, Orlebar has picked up a stockpile of awards. So far, Orlebar has been named to the WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) 1st Team Defense while earning co-Defensive MVP honors for his DeMatha Catholic Varisty squad.

    Orlebar was also named to the Washington Post All-Met team on the offensive side of the ball while The Journal newspaper in Prince George's County named him offensive All-Met as well. Meanwhile, he was on George Michael's Golden Elite 11 Defense, named to the 2001 All-County Defensive Football Team by the Star/Gazette Newspaper, and has been placed on the Associated Press All-State Football Team for his defensive play. The Associated Press' banquet will be held on February 16 and Daniel is expected to be receiving an award at this banquet and will also meet some of the Baltimore Ravens.

    Earlier, Orlebar was also recognized at the Quarterback Club Player of the Year Banquet for his outstanding performance. At the banquet, Daniel and his brother Arthur (currently at WFU), met the Redskins' LaVar Arrington and Daniel Synder. LaVar says he is going to keep in eye on both Arthur and Daniel in the fall.

    You think that is it? No sir! The awards keep rolling in...

    The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. gave Daniel an award for being on the Metropolitan All-High School Team for his offensive performance. At that banquet, the Orlebar brothers met Doug Williams along with Chris Samuel as well as a couple other Redskins players. Orlebar was also told that he will be highly rated by SuperPrep Magazine's Allan Wallace when his postseason update of players comes out.

    So for now, Orlebar is raking in awards and taking the banquet tour. Come February 6th, however, this big man will be an official Deacon.



December 3, 2001
    Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe received a verbal commitment from big Daniel Orlebar this past weekend. Orlebar, a huge offensive lineman currently attending DeMatha High School in Maryland, told the coaches he wanted to be a Deacon as he left from his official visit on Sunday.

    Daniel Orlebar truly likes the coaching staff and wants to be a part of the great football program Coach Grobe has established. Add the fact that he would love to play football with his brother, Arthur, a redshirt freshman at Wake Forest, and Wake is a great fit for him.

    Orlebar helped DeMatha win the WCAC Championship game for the second year in a row this year and, because of his great play, he is also being rewarded individually.

    So far, Daniel has been chosen WCAC 1st Team Defense as well as All-Met by the Washington Post. He has been nominated for the Redskins Club Player of the year which will be held December 18th, as well.

    Also, Daniel was the first player in DeMatha's storied history to play both strong tackle on offense and nose tackle on defense. Daniel ended up playing in over 80 plays a game this season.

    We know that it is certainly exciting to Daniel to have made his college decision to become a Deac. However, it must be even more exciting for Coach Grobe to know he has a verbal commitment from yet another great (not to mention huge) prospect!

October 3, 2001
    One more addition to Sunday's update on Daniel Orlebar - the Wake Forest coaches have asked him to attend this weekend's game and Orlebar has accepted. Daniel will be visiting Wake Forest this Saturday and will attend the Wake Forest - N.C. State game in Winston-Salem.

September 28, 2001
    Orlebar is still being recruited by the Wake Forest coaching staff and many other schools across the country including Maryland and Virginia Tech.

    Daniel Orlebar was asked to come to the Maryland game this past weekend but, unfortunately, he was unable to attend due to DeMatha's game on Saturday as well.

    He is planning on scheduling a visit to Wake Forest before the end of the season, however.

    Also, the Washington Post has a nice blurb and picture of Orlebar up online now here.

August 31, 2001
    As expected, Orlebar was in today's Washington Post. The article with him in it is located here.



August 29, 2001
    Daniel Orlebar is still being recruited by Wake Forest and is currently receiving mail from the Deacon coaching staff.

    Also, look out for a story and picture with Orlebar in it in Friday's edition of the Washington Post. We also expect the story to hit the Post's online edition located here.



June 27, 2001
    Daniel Orlebar continues to draw interest from various college programs throughout the United States. Orlebar, the brother of WFU incoming recruit Arthur Orlebar, is currently getting letters from North Carolina, Brown, Penn State, West Virginia, South Carolina, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Syracuse among other schools.

    Daniel Orlebar has not yet received mail from Wake Forest, who told Orlebar that they would recruit him hard. This, however, is most likely because the Wake Forest coaching staff is sending letters to DeMatha High School and Coach McGregor. Coach McGregor does not allow his seniors to see their mail during the offseason as he attempts to have his players focus on the upcoming season. So, we would have to guess the Deacs are recruiting him...

    Also, Daniel attended Maryland's football camp this past week and impressed coaches with his quickness and speed. Daniel also won the DeMatha High School lift-a-thon, lifting a total of 1,630 pounds.

May 07, 2001
    Wake Forest is recruiting yet another player from DeMatha High School to join the Deacs. The Deacs signed two last year, Arthur Orlebar and John Finklea. Now, Daniel Orlebar, the brother of WFU signee Arthur Orlebar, is being recruited by the Deacon coaching staff.

    Wake Forest, Maryland, Penn State, Harvard, and South Carolina are some of the schools that have expressed a major interest in Orlebar. Maryland has told Daniel that they will offer him a scholarship this month.

    Daniel is a strong, hard working defensive lineman. Between the push press, hand clean, bench press and squat, he lifts a total of 1,450 pounds. He benches 245 pounds as just a high school junior.

    Daniel also has a 3.7 GPA.


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