Signing Day: Chance Raines

Although he will not officially sign and enroll until the end of 2007, Bolles (FL) center Chance Raines will go forward with his signing ceremony on Wednesday. Raines spoke with DeaconSports concerning his decision and future at Wake Forest.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 280 40: 5.11
Position: C
High School: The Bolles School
(Jacksonville, FL)

Signing on Wednesday…
I'm definitely signing with Wake [Wednesday.] It's a grey-shirt deal [enrolling next January] so my legitimate signing day is next December but they want me to do the whole sit in front of your family and sign show. I'm doing that tomorrow and they're probably going to have me up over the summer and I'll work out. I'll come to Jacksonville and we'll see what I'm going to do during their season. I'm probably going to work out down here with Bolles again and get in shape and then come up and try to do well in spring.

Why he chose Wake Forest
To be honest, it was the education. They have a great academic program and I've heard that it's exactly like Bolles as far as learning. It just felt like a good fit going there. I've got friends up there and it's only about a 6 hour drive and not that long of a flight. Everything about it was appealing for me. It was a great fit.

What he is working on improving before enrolling
I pride myself, as a smaller offensive lineman as people say at 6'2, 280, on being lot quicker than the bigger guys. So I've got that going for me. But right now, I've got to work on staying lower…I've got until January to work on that.

Other schools offering him a scholarship
I had offers from Navy, South Florida, Central Florida, Western Michigan, Middle Tennessee…

Awards from his senior season
I was awarded 1st Team All-State [by the Florida High School Athletic Association.] I was also 1st Team All-Coast by the Times-Union and was invited to the Shrine Bowl.

Current weightroom numbers
Right now 350 is my bench. I squat about 600 and I've power cleaned 330.

I'm all good to go there. I've been through the clearinghouse, I'd say in September. I've also sent my transcript up so everything is good there.

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