Virgile wins state title

Virgile wins state title

Wake Forest is getting a champion. Prior to winning a Florida 7A state championship with St. Thomas Aquinas, Lance Virgile gave his verbal pledge to the Demon Deacon coaches. Then, last Friday, December 14th in Orlando's Citrus Bowl, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker helped his team, the Raiders, to their seventh state title in school history.

"It was Tuesday, December 11th, during an in-home visit that I officially committed to Wake Forest," said Lance Virgile. "I had sort of let them know earlier that my plan was to go to Wake Forest, but it was when Coach McCartney, Coach Jackson, and Coach Grobe were here that I made it official.

"It was an easy decision. What sold me the most on Wake Forest was the opportunity to play for Coach Jackson at outside linebacker. He's the coach who mainly recruited me and told the other coaches that I was the guy he really wanted the most. I'm going to work hard everyday to prove him right. He put the tuition money on the table and said 'come be my guy' and that's what I plan on doing. Wake Forest also has amazing academics. I know if football doesn't work out I'll have a degree of value to get a job with. Plus, the campus is very beautiful."

A two-year starter at Fort Lauderdale powerhouse high school, St. Thomas Aquinas, Virgile was an integral part of the team's five game playoff run to a state title in 2012 after falling short in the regional final a year ago.

"I felt like I played well and helped to put my team in great position be successful," Virgile said on his season. "As a player, there's no better way to end your high school career. Nothing compares to going out on top."

Virgile isn't sure on if he will play in any post-season All-Star games in South Florida. After a 15 games season, he is getting a check-up then he'll start conditioning for his freshman year in the ACC.

"Once the doctor gives me the okay then I'm going at it," Virgile said. "I don't plan on taking a redshirt as a freshman. I'm going to do my best not to redshirt and start preparing myself right now mentally and physically to be ready to go in and compete for playing time."

Virgile says he plans on reporting to Wake Forest in June. At the university, he is looking into sports medicine as his major. On signing day, he will have a ceremony at his high school. Seven Raider seniors are currently committed to Division 1 programs with another seven or eight expected to sign as well on February 6th.

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