New Competition for Compton

Linebacker Will Compton is one of Wake Forest's top targets in the Class of 2008. While the Deacs are in good shape with the rising senior at North County High School in Bonne Terre, MO, they just got some new competition.

"I just recently received scholarship offers from Iowa and Nebraska," said Will Compton. "I already had offers from Wake, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State. When a school like Nebraska offers it's a big deal, because coming up that's a program you're always hearing about. I'd say my favorites right now are Nebraska, Wake, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois."

There might be another big name about to jump into the mix. "I just finished up with a little tour of schools," he said. "I was at Northwestern on Friday, Notre Dame on Saturday, and Missouri on Sunday.

"At Notre Dame I participated in their elite camp, and I think they came away pretty impressed. I talked to the coaches, including Coach Weis, and they told me they wanted to evaluate some of my tape. They're going to look it over and make a decision on whether or not to offer. That will be pretty important, because Notre Dame is a school I'd have to look at."

That said, Wake Forest is still in a strong position with Compton.

"Coach Billings, their wide receivers coach, is just completely awesome. I love him and their linebackers coach, Coach Lambert. They're both two of the coolest coaches I've ever met. I was going to try to take a visit out there on June 10, but the airfare would have cost me and my mom about $900. I was thinking about making a decision before the end of the summer, and I still might, but I really want to get out to Wake. I might just have to wait until my official visits when they'll be able to cover it."

The week of June 18, Compton will be visiting Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. He said he is keeping everything in perspective and will not name a leader.

Compton is very strong against the run as a linebacker. While he has great speed (4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash), his biggest asset is his lateral movement and ability to change directions. He mentioned that while he played safety, the one area in which he could improve is in coverage.

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