Texas OL Signing Next Week

While Wake Forest currently doesn't have any scholarship players from the state of Texas on its 2007 roster, the one slated to join the Deacons next year may be destined to make a big impact.

That's because at 6'4", 285 pounds, left tackle Ryan Britt from Colleyville Heritage High School is nothing if not big. Britt plans to sign with the Deacons on February 7th and is a part of an offensive lineman class scheduled to sign with the Deacs that includes 6'6", 283-pound Michael Hoag from Knoxville, TN, and 6'7", 290-pound Doug Weaver from Roxboro, NC.

Britt played a key role in anchoring Colleyville's offensive line, which only gave up 4 sacks on 523 passes in 14 games this year, as Colleyville Heritage went 10-4 and reached the state quarterfinals before losing to the eventual state champions from Carroll, their second loss to Carroll this year. Britt himself went the entire year without giving up a sack and for his efforts he was named first team all district, second team on the Star-Telegram 'Super Team,' and second team academic all state.

Britt suffered an injury during the playoffs and though initially thought to be more serious, it turned out to be a severely bruised knee from which he's fully recovered and has no further pain. He plans to continue working out in the off season as part of the Velocity Sports Performance program designed for high school players headed to play college football next year. He'll participate in workouts three days a week from now until summer, when he'll enroll at Wake Forest for the summer session.

So how did coach Tim Billings pluck Britt from the state of Texas and get him to come to Wake Forest? Britt, who visited Wake Forest for its game against Duke early in the year, says it was a combination of things. "The academics were great, I loved the coaches, the guys (on the team) I met were awesome, and the small school environment was a plus," said Britt. "Plus, I have some family out in Ohio so they're not too far away."

Britt said he thoroughly enjoyed watching Wake Forest's run to an ACC Championship and Orange Bowl berth and that whenever the game wasn't on locally, his family would find it on pay per view or find a sports bar showing the game so they could catch all the action. "It was really exciting, seeing them win the ACC Championship and play in the Orange Bowl," said Britt.

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