Speedy RB Visiting Wake

Wake Forest's season opener against Syracuse will have more than a few folks watching with interest to see how the Deacons look this year. One who will be watching from the sidelines on Saturday is Brandon Pendergrass, a running back out of Royal Palm Beach, Fl.

Brandon Pendergrass, who took an unofficial visit to Wake Forest during the summer, will take his first official visit to see the Demon Deacons play in person. Pendergrass, who also took unofficial visits this summer to see Northwestern, Illinois, and Vandy, said that there were two schools that stood out this summer: Northwestern and Wake Forest. At this time he is not sure of what other official visits he might take and doesn't have any others scheduled at the moment.

When asked what he liked best about the two that stood out, he stated it was mostly the coaching staffs that stood out. As far as what he's looking for in the school he chooses, Brandon added "I'm looking for a school where I feel at home with the coaches, the players, campus, the environment. I just want to feel comfortable."

Pendergrass had previously claimed offers from Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Troy, Ohio, Wake Forest, Minnesota, and Duke, and added one more to the list this summer when Illinois offered. All eight schools are recruiting him as a running back.

Pendergrass didn't attend any camps or combines this summer. He was, however, busy in the weight room, focusing on his goal to add some bulk to his frame. He says is now up to around 195 (from 185 this spring), and has worked hard to make sure he keeps up his speed and agility.

Pendergrass senior season is underway, and while his high school team opened the season with a loss in their first game, he's confident the team can improve on last year's results. "We want to try to go to state and go deeper in the playoffs than last year," said Pendergrass. "We lost in the first round last year and want to go farther this time."

Last year Brandon rushed for 950 yards on only 105 carries, but this year he isn't really focusing on any specific goals for himself. He stated his goal was "to go out every game and play the best I can every game." If he maintains his clip of nearly 10 yards a carry from last year, that ought to be plenty of any opponent to handle.

Pendergrass has a 3.4 GPA and has already taken both the ACT and SAT.

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