"I was there on an unofficial visit after school," said Lucas Wilson
. "I only live about five minutes from campus. Coach Lobo told me in person I had an offer.
"Growing up in Winston-Salem I attended a lot of football, basketball, and baseball games. It's a good offer. I was thrilled to get it. I love the staff. They're the kind of coaches you want to play for."
Wilson has more connection to Wake Forest
than just being a resident of Winston-Salem. His mother, Donna Johnson-Wilson played basketball for the Demon Deacons ladies basketball team. Still, Wilson wants to take his time in making a decision including looking at interested Ivy League schools.
"On April 14 I'm going to be visiting the state of Florida," said Wilson. "I'm planning on seeing Florida, South Florida
, and UCF
. I'd also like to get up to New Jersey to check out Princeton. I'm nowhere close to committing. I'd like to go through the process, take visits, and learn as much as I can about each university."
Wilson was named All-Central Piedmont Conference (North Carolina Class 4A) for his njunior season The Spartans went 11-2 on the season losing a heartbreaker to Indian Trail Porter Ridge in the quarterfinal round.
"I played wide receiver on JV as a freshman," Wilson said. "This was really my first season on varsity because I had mono as a sophomore and had to sit out. This year I came in stronger which helped improve my blocking. I ended up with 21 catches on the season and two touchdowns. I'd like to double that next season to at least 50 [receptions] and continue to get better at blocking."
This spring Wilson plans on competing at a Nike Football Training Camp in May and will sit down with his head coach, Laymarr Marshall, to form a plan for his summer visits for one day camps. He's hoping to become closer to a decision by summer's end.
"Academics are big for me," Wilson said. "That's why I'm looking at Ivy League schools like Harvard and Princeton. As far as football goes, I want to play at a program that uses their tight end in different ways like splitting out, lining up in the backfield as an H, or lining up on the line. I like variety."
The current Wake Forest roster features quite a few players from Winston-Salem, but none who went to Mount Tabor. C.J. Harris
, the leading scorer on the basketball team, is a former Spartan. The school's last big football recruit was Hunter Furr, who recently transferred to East Carolina
after three years playing for the UNC Tarheels.
Lucas Wilson, out of Mount Tabor High School, was given an official offer from the Wake Forest staff. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound tight end grew up in the shadow of Groves Stadium and was excited to receive his first in-person offer. Learn more about the Demon Deacon legacy.
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