September 21, 2011

Suggs is sold

Wake Forest commitment and Randleman left tackle Joel Suggs is not wavering in his pledge to the Demon Deacons.

"I'm really excited about Wake," Suggs said. "I'm really excited about going there. I went to the game against State. I just love the atmosphere. I thought they played great. I can't wait to be on the team."

Suggs has business to take care of before he joins the Deacs. The 6-foot-6 and 293-pound senior is in the midst of his final prep season, and his team is beginning to turn the corner. Last Friday Randleman defeated Southwest Randolph 42-7 to improve to 3-2.

"I thought me and the rest of the line performed really well," Suggs said. "We had about 50 knockdowns, about 50 pancakes. That's really good. Our running back had like 200 plus yards."

The two-star recruit knows he can better, and is working to improve each day, especially on his conditioning. Wake Forest offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Steed Lobotzke challenged him to get below 300 pounds before he his freshman season at the collegiate level. Suggs is 293 pounds, and is working to maintain that bodyweight.

"He's just talked to me a lot about being in the right shape when I get there," Suggs said. "I don't know how possible he thinks this is, but he wants me coming in there with the attitude of being really fit. It's definitely something I'm going to work for. It's definitely something I'm going to keep working at."

Suggs does whatever the Wake assistant tells him to do. Maybe that is what endears him to the Deacs coaching staff, most notably to head coach Jim Grobe.

"I really like Coach Grobe," Suggs said. "He's a obviously a great man. When I went to the State game a week ago I went down on the field, and he came up and gave me a big hug. He told me that he's excited about me, and proud of me. He's just really a fatherly coach."

He committed to the Demon Deacons last March. A few days later the mail poured in. No, not from other schools, but from the Wake Forest coaching staff, telling him how excited they are he chose the Deacs.

"I just look on my desk, and I'll find a few," Suggs said. "I'm definitely sold."

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