Wake Forest has picked up a verbal commitment from a member of the Rivals.com
Top 100 team.
James Martin, the No. 19 weakside
defensive end in the nation, said he decided to become a Demon Deacon during
the holiday break.
"When I went up there to visit, I got to see that it
was a place where both your football and education could be great," he said.
"The education is the most important thing, but you look at their team, and
you can see it's definitely a program on the rise. I think they're building
up to contend for the ACC championship someday. Hopefully I can help them do
"I also felt like I fit in there better than the
other schools I visited. I felt real comfortable with the players and
coaches and their personalities."
Martin (6-2, 223, 4.47), who projects at either a
defensive end or linebacker, picked Wake Forest over N.C. State, Michigan
State and North Carolina.
As a senior, he helped lead Ely HS to the Florida
Class 5A state championship by recording 84 tackles, 22 1/2 sacks, 32
quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles.