Woodlief: Birthday Signee

With signing day just a week away, linebacker Matt Woodlief is all set to be a Demon Deacon. Next Thursday – Woodlief's birthday – he will officially become a Demon Deacon.

It was an impressive junior season for Matt Woodlief that focused Wake Forest's attention to the linebacker prospect out of Bandys High School in Catawba, North Carolina. It was an impressive senior season that undoubtedly had Demon Deacon coaches smiling, knowing they had a commitment from a linebacker prospect in the mold of current Deacon linebacker Jon Abbate, a player with a nose for the football and a hunger to make the big play.

"I ended with 144 tackles and a few sacks," Woodlief said of his senior season. "We did good, we did real good. I'm ready to go to Wake now." For his senior year performance, Woodlief received several honors including being named Catawba Valley Conference defensive player of the year.

He was also named to the Shrine Bowl where the 5'10, 235-pound prospect impressed onlookers throughout the week. "The Shrine Bowl, I had a blast," Woodlief noted. "All week meeting all those guys, the best of the best in North Carolina...I might [have been] the littlest, but I matched up with them," he continued. "I did pretty good down there. They were all fast and all that, but I found a nose for ball."

In the coming years, Woodlief will match-up with those same players playing D-I football at Wake Forest. "I can't wait. I'm excited and ready to start playing ball with them big boys," Woodlief said.

Those ‘big boys' include an impressive recruiting class that Woodlief is a part of. "I've met [most all of] them," Woodlief said of his fellow recruits. "The two I know the most are Tripp Russell and Hunter Haynes. Me and Hunter are playing linebacker and Tripp is on defense with us."

"I found out today that we got another commit, Josh Adams," Woodlief continued. "He's a running back and along with him I keep up with Tripp and Hunter and Dennis [Godfrey] and some of the guys."

All in all, Woodlief believes that the class that the Demon Deacon coaches have put together in 2006 is one of the more impressive classes Wake Forest has put together. "To be honest with you, I think it's the best one," he noted. "These are some outstanding guys with offers from schools all over the country."

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