Abercrombie & Gattis Do Well In East-West

Wake Forest football signees Dustin Abercrombie and Josh Gattis played in the East-West Shrine Bowl Wednesday night in Greensboro.

Deacons Dustin Abercrombie and Josh Gattis played in the East-West Shrine Bowl Wednesday night in Greensboro, North Carolina. Abercrombie suited up as an offensive lineman for the West squad while Gattis played safety for the East.

Overall, we were impressed with the tandem's ability on the field. Abercrombie did a fair job blocking for the East but did miss a few assignments on the night - something that is expected in an All-Star game with unknown teammates. He has good size and nice quickness for a man of that stature. A red-shirt year should help Abercrombie develop into an ACC-caliber player at Wake Forest.

Gattis was particularly impressive Wednesday, recording five tackles, unofficially. Two of those were one-on-one tackles that saved touchdowns.

Gattis also picked off a pass and ran it back in the neighborhood of 20-yards for a touchdown. Gattis truly looks like the complete package. With a well-built body, Gattis hits opponents with the best of them yet has incredible speed as well.

We spoke with Gattis' father during the game and were told that Josh is extremely pleased to be a Deacon. Josh's father told DeaconSports that he let Josh make his college decision on his own and was "happy with [Josh's decision to attend] Wake because [he] knew it was a good school."

We were also told that Gattis will officially report to Wake Forest on August 2nd and may play this season, although he will more-than-likely red-shirt.

Abercrombie's West team defeated Gattis and the East 24-22 in the 2002 Shrine Game.

Stay tuned to DeaconSports in the coming days for photos of the East-West event.


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