March 12, 2008

NC Tight End Visits Wake

The tight end position has emerged as one of the most important weapons in the Wake Forest offense. The Demon Deacons are hoping that J.T. Dixon and Andrew Parker will be able to continue that tradition, but they continue to look towards the future of the position as well. One target that has leapt out to the Wake coaching staff is Tucker Windle from Charlotte (NC) Catholic. Windle was on campus a couple of weeks ago, and spoke with Jim Grobe personally on the trip.

"I came up last Thursday" Windle said. "My dad went to law school at Wake, and my mom graduated from undergraduate there, so I'm pretty familiar with it. We gave my video and stat sheets to the coaches, and then they showed us around the football facilities. Then we got to go back and talk to Coach [Jim] Grobe for about an hour in his office. He extended the offer to me personally."

Windle, who is being recruited by new Demon Deacon coach Steve Russ, says that he is very impressed with everything that Wake Forest has to offer.

"They've won 20 games in the last two seasons, and they've been to two good bowl games in a row, so that's definitely a positive and I take that into serious consideration."

In addition to Wake Forest, the 2009 prospect is receiving heavy interest from several other ACC programs.

"I've gotten offers from Duke and Virginia as well" he explained. "I've also been getting letters from Clemson and North Carolina. I am planning on going to Clemson's junior day, and I'm probably going to go back up to Virginia some time. I just got back from Duke and Carolina this past Saturday."

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why so many coaches are interested in Windle is because of his versatility and ability to make plays. He hauled in seven touchdown passes as a junior, and can also play defensive end.

So while it is obvious what the coaches see in Windle, what does he see in Wake Forest?

"Excellent academics are at the top of my list, and I think that's pretty evident from the schools that have offered me so far. I am also looking for a good coaching staff and a place where I fit in with the team. Wake has a great environment; I saw that just the other day when I was up there on my visit. Some guys were out there in the cold doing conditioning drills, but they were having a great time and having fun."

Although he holds three offers, Windle claims that he has two on top.

"Wake and Virginia are my top two right now. I've grown up a Virginia fan because my dad played football there back in the day, but I like Wake a lot."

Windle believes that he will commit before his senior season starts.

Stay tuned to Deacons Illustrated for the latest Wake Forest recruiting and athletics information.

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