Irby Set To Sign With Wake

Over the summer, Wake Forest grabbed a commitment from a relatively unknown offensive line prospect in Mount Airy, Georgia's Gabe Irby. DeaconSports caught up with Irby this week to provide more information on the Demon Deacon commitment as signing day approaches.

When Gabe Irby committed to Wake Forest in July, he was a little known prospect from a small town in Georgia. However, it was his camp performance a month before that caught the eye of the Demon Deacon coaches and made them pull the trigger on offering Irby a scholarship. "Pretty much I went to their camp in June for their one day recruit camp," he said. "I came home and a week and a half after, I got a phone call and they offered. I was really excited because it was the best offer I had gotten by far."

Irby, who will sign with the Demon Deacons on the 6th of February, committed shortly thereafter. "I just loved Wake Forest and I'm still solid, 100%," he said.

Prior to his commitment to Wake Forest, several other schools had already jumped on offering the 6'3, 315-pound offensive guard. "My first offer was Ball State and then Middle Tennessee, UAB, and then Marshall offered. Furman offered after I committed to Wake and I think Louisville may have also."

Irby made his official visit to Wake Forest this past weekend and was hosted by freshman offensive lineman Michael Hoag. "It was awesome, a lot of fun," Irby noted. "I went to the basketball game and I got to meet some of the recruits. The coaching staff is awesome and I got to talk to the offensive line coach about schemes and what I would be doing. I'm looking forward to signing in a few weeks and getting up there in July."

Like most prospects, especially linemen, Irby was also impressed by the plethora of food he was able to sample on his visit. "They fed us well up there," Irby said. "I enjoyed that. I also hadn't gotten to see much of the Winston-Salem area and since we stayed in the off-campus hotel, I got to see the area. Also, I really liked how nice all the players were I met that were already up there."

Irby, who anchored a line that helped lead Habersham Central to an 11-2 mark on the season, went through the entire 2007 season without giving up a sack. For his efforts, he was named 4-A 1st Team All-State.

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