Coach Jim Grobe has done remarkable things for the Wake Forest program since arriving in Winston-Salem three years ago. Still, recruiting the top talent from the state has been an uphill battle.
That said, it seems like Wake is making progress. The coaching staff recently received good news from one of North Carolina's top high school linebackers.
"I committed to Wake Forest yesterday afternoon," said Dominique Midgett. "It came down to me asking myself which school I thought could give me the best college experience. When I weighed everything -- academics, the football attitude, and everything else -- I knew Wake was the place for me."
Before committing to Wake Forest the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker from Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley strongly considered Maryland, Vanderbilt, Duke and East Carolina. All of those schools had offered Midgett a scholarship. Is his commitment solid?
"Yes, I know I want to go to Wake," he said. "But I still might take some visits. Just getting out to different schools and enjoying myself would be pretty nice, so I might do that."
Playing for Dudley last fall, it wasn't easy for Midgett to receive all the attention he might have gotten elsewhere. DeMario Pressley, Jamaal Edwards and Martel Thatch were the most recognizable high school football talents at his school. But going into this fall, Midgett will certainly be one to watch in North Carolina.
"I think we've got a chance to be real good as a team," he said. "I know we lose some talent, but we've got other guys like me that are ready to step up."
Midgett was recruited by the Wake Forest coaching staff to play middle linebacker.