DeMatha Safety Discusses Recruitment

Wake Forest's 2010 football recruiting is coming to a close but the Demon Deacon staff still hopes to add at least one big-time player to the class. The Wake Forest staff has targeted DeMatha (MD) Catholic safety Lorenzo Waters for months, helping to land the Demon Deacons in Waters' short list.

Lorenzo Waters has been one of Wake Forest's top prospect for the class of 2010. A 6', 190 pound safety out of DeMatha Catholic High in Hyattsville, Maryland, Waters is a three-star prospect and is ranked the #44 safety in the country by Despite battling a sprained shoulder during his 2009 season, Waters had a great year and helped lead DeMatha to within one game of a state title.

"The season started off real well," Waters told DeaconSports. "We were a better team than the previous year I thought. We were 11-0 and then lost to a very good Good Counsel team in the finals. I think it was a good success overall and I learned a lot. I got better at the mental aspect of the game and was able to learn from the season. Physically, I felt like I was ready and am looking forward to college."

Despite the injury, Waters played through the injury for most of the season at DeMatha, a program known for all of the great talent to play for their legendary head coach, Bill McGregor. "I played up to my capability. I was injured through a lot of the year but it was still a good year. My whole high school career was great. Going against all of these guys at DeMatha every day really helped me and will help me be ready when I get to college."

Within the next month, Waters will make his college choice. For now, he says that he has narrowed his list down to four schools. "I would say Rutgers, Wake, Cal, and probably Iowa, and that's pretty much it. I've been to Rutgers, Wake, and Cal. I'm not sure, but I might look to get out on the 22nd to Iowa."

Each of those schools, and a host of others, have offered Waters a scholarship. Waters discussed each of his final choices with DeaconSports. "Wake is one of the smaller schools but that works in its favor. I've got a great relationship with the coaches and it is a tight knit family and they've got that southern hospitality, not that others don't. Iowa, the recruiting coach has been over and they're interested. The defensive backs coach, Coach Parker, has put a lot of people in a good position and the head coach is real good and down to earth. They are on a good winning streak. Cal is Cal, it's Cali. I like the DB coach especially, he is a real cool guy. It looks like a good spot with the depth chart. My teammate Michael Coley, just committed out there so that could help. Rutgers, I've met their head coach a couple times and he's one of the favorites for me. The recruiting coordinator is real cool and talks about how I can be a good player for them. I've met with the dean and some other people there."

With four choices left on his list, Waters has a plan to narrow his choices within the next week. "They're all pretty even right now but I'm hoping to change that in the next week. I want to narrow it down in the next week. I've put out what I like and now it's me talking with my family and what they think. It's that and just looking at some small details and pros and cons."

Regardless of his college choice, Waters is excited for the opportunities that a college scholarship affords him. "It's definitely a blessing," he said. "A few years ago, that's pretty much why I came to DeMatha. I'm glad these schools have come and noticed my talent. It's great to know that I've taken a burden off of my family and will be able to play the game that I love and get a good education.

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