James Set On Wake

Matt James has been a Wake Forest commitment since the beginning of August. Despite his commitment, other schools continued to recruit the 6'4 wide receiver out of Raleigh. As signing day approaches, DeaconSports checked in with James to confirm his commitment with Wake and get an update from the Raleigh Sanderson star.

Despite hearing overtures from other schools in the past few months, Matt James maintains that he is set on Wake Forest and will sign with the Demon Deacons in February. "Things are going great," James said. "I'll be signing [with Wake] in February and we'll probably do a ceremony in the media center. We had a player sign last year and that's what we did."

According to James, the Demon Deacons were always a favorite for him throughout the process. "Wake was always my #1," he said. "I just wanted to make sure I made the best decision by looking at other schools offering. Wake was definitely the best fit for me all around."

"I talk to Coach Russ once a week and see him sometimes. It's along the lines of how everything is going school-wise and he makes sure my grades are still up. I'm good there."

With great size, good speed, and the ability to play multiple positions at the next level, a host of schools wanted the 6'4, 205 pound receiver before he chose Wake. James held offers from West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Kentucky, Syracuse, East Carolina, Air Force, and Navy before deciding on the Deacs.

According to James, he had a good senior season but the team did not fare as well. "We struggled with the QB position," James said. "We could have had a better record or better chance of winning games if we hadn't turned it over as much as we did. I did OK, I could have done better with my routes. And in a few games we played, we didn't throw that much and I didn't do as well when in as a tailback. I need to work on that aspect of my game."

James will continue as a wide receiver as he starts out at Wake Forest but may change positions during his time in Winston-Salem. "They said they would give me a chance at wide receiver. After my first year, if that isn't the position for me then I'll move to outside linebacker. I played defense as a freshman and sophomore and I love defense, but I also love the offensive side of the ball."

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