For starters, the team that had looked so pedestrian in a lackluster win over Liberty in The Opening week is now 2-0 and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They've also got a another selling point on the recruiting trail, especially with in-state recruits as Coach Grobe's program continues to impress against in-state opponents.
You can bet they will be reminding recruits all about the game, but some were there to see it first hand. Dudley (Greensboro, NC) High School player Chris Register was one of those prospects there on Saturday. He's one of the state's best junior prospects and one of the top linebackers on the east coast. The Dudley star made the short trip to Wake at the last minute.
"Me and two of my teammates, Isaiah and Emmanuel, went, "Register said. "We had fun up there. I talked to people before and afterwards and sat on the sidelines and watched them warm up until it started raining. We went inside then.
"After the game we went inside the locker room and saw them celebrating."
Was Register surprised by the outcome given how different Wake and North Carolina had looked in their opening week performances? Turns out, not really. "I thought it was going to be a good game," he said. "I thought it would pretty much be a coin flip. I think turnovers decided it. It was a great game."
For those wondering, Register didn't have a dog in the fight. He has been to North Carolina before and has a lot of interest in the Tar Heels. But Wake Forest is another local option and he's got plenty of interest in the Deacs too. "I was there watching both teams," he said.
The Deacs are recruiting the 6-4, 220-pounder as a linebacker as are most other schools. Register probably isn't done with visits yet this fall. He wants to visit all of the area schools - meaning UNC, NC State and probably Duke - before the season ends.