2015 Gaffney offensive tackle T.J. Haney has been on the recruiting map for a few years already and he chose to end the process over the weekend giving his verbal to Wake Forest over Vanderbilt and Marshall. The 3-star prospect sat down with us and told us exactly why he chose the Demon Deacons.
So what sold Haney on Wake Forest giving them the nod for his commitment?
"How the new coaching staff welcomed me my last visit. They recruited me harder than any other program and it showed me that they really wanted me."
"They were very excited just like I was when I told them I was committing."
Having been on the radar for so long and with so many schools having recruited him Haney is now done with the process. He described his feelings now that the process is over.
"It felt great! Now I can focus on winning another state championship."
Being that his commitment is a verbal and other schools can still try to sway him will Haney listen?
"I'm a Demon Deacon. (laughs)"
For now Haney says he's focused on improving his foot speed and working to help his team get back to another state championship. He says he plans on talking with the Demon Deacons strength and conditioning coaches to try and implement some of their lifts and training so he can be better prepared when he arrives in Winston Salem.
For now Haney says he will become a recruiter for the Demon Deacons when it comes to other prospects in South Carolina. He named a pair of 2015 prospects he says he plans on trying to sway the Demon Deacons way.
His decision may have surprised some and he talked about it.
"Yes sir a lot of people thought I favored Vanderbilt and counted Wake Forest out. Wake made a big move for me. It's the best decision I've ever made."
With the decision made and feeling extremely secure about his choice Haney says his plans are pretty simple moving forward.
"Definitely more Wake Forest visits and I'll try to be at a Shrine Bowl combine."