Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge three-star defensive tackle Kyle Shortridge took a two-day visit to Wake Forest starting on Monday. By Tuesday, he was ready to make it his future home.
"I did commit to Wake Forest," Shortridge said.
The 6-foot-2, 273-pound defensive lineman talked about why he opted for the Demon Deacons.
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"I just loved it up there," Shortridge said. "From when I first got out of the car, I loved it there."
Jim Grobe's team has a roster that is filled with a lot of Sunshine State talent. That was appealing to Shortridge as well.
"There are a lot of Florida players, a lot of Palm Beach area players," Shortridge said. "I feel like the team is a bunch of brothers, a family. I just got that feeling that it is a great place for me. They are all best friends. It felt like I was back at my school, they are all friends. It felt like a home away from home.
"I just wanted to be a part of it," Shortridge added.
Shortridge credited his comfort level with Wake Forest to the relationship he has built with an assistant coach.
"Coach Mac (Ray McCartney)," Shortridge said. "He has told me that I can come up there and play for him early on. He said I would be a great player for them."
The Demon Deacons won out for Shortridge's services over more than 20 other offers. He doesn't intend to entertain any of the other schools now that he has made his pledge.
"For right now, I am definitely going to Wake," Shortridge said.