Wake Still A Factor For Countess

Blake Countess, a four-star cornerback from Maryland, has been thinking a lot about the Demon Deacons lately. Countess has been busy visiting and setting up trips to other schools lately but DeaconSports was able to catch up with him this past Sunday.

The 5-10, 174-pound defensive back prospect from Good Counsel High School in Maryland has already been to Wake Forest so he doesn't feel as though getting back to Winston-Salem should be as high a priority as checking out other schools for the first time. Nonetheless, Wake Forest is one of the schools that has been on his mind throughout the recruiting process. It doesn't appear as though that will change any time soon.

"Wake Forest is still in the mix," Blake Countess said. "Wake Forest is really nice. I like the whole coaching staff and how they're family oriented. I love that kind of school. I think I was there in February. It was around the winter during basketball season.

"I've talked to Coach Lambert probably two or three times since then. He's come to the school and we talk a little bit over e-mail."

The Deacons have offered Countess a full ride, as have a host of other schools that also hope to make his first cut. Countess plans on trimming his list sometime before the summer is over but he isn't sure how many schools will make that list.

Countess still isn't sure whether he will be taking official visits. It takes some honesty to admit that, as it's clear Countess is taking things as they come as opposed to setting up a rigid timetable like some other kids that appear to go through the process even though their minds are already made up.

The nation's No. 18 corner according to Scout.com, Countess has been a busy young man lately, visiting some of the schools that he thinks could be potential homes for him.

"I went to Louisville and Virginia for unofficials and (Saturday) I went to Virginia Tech for a camp," he said. "I think I did very well at Virginia Tech. I felt good about it. They said they're going to wait and see what happens with some of the other guys they've offered so we'll see how that turns out.

"Virginia was really nice. They've got a nice atmosphere and a nice school. Coach London and Coach Poindexter are very warm, down to earth people. They're really sincere. It was nice. Everything about it was good.

"At Louisville Coach Strong seems like he's really going to turn the program around. Everyone on that coaching staff he's brought in seem really hungry and motivated to make changes."

In the coming weeks before his senior season at Good Counsel, Countess will be taking trips to Georgia Tech, Tennessee and North Carolina. He said his trip to Georgia Tech will be an unofficial visit, while his trips to Tennessee and North Carolina are for camps.

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