June 11, 2012

Opara names top three

Wake Forest joined Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin defensive tackle Kingsley Opara's list of suitors Wednesday, May 30 when Tom Elrod, which quickly put the Demon Deacons into his top three with West Virginia and Maryland.

"He [Elrod] was like, 'I was impressed with your film," Opara said. "I'm the quarterback coach, so there's really not much I could,' so he couldn't offer on the spot, but he said if he could he would. After that Coach Mac [Ray McCartney] came to my practice and we kept in contact, then a couple of days later Coach Elrod called me and was like, 'You have an offer from Wake Forest.' He was just telling me some things about the school. It was very interesting when they offered me."

He claims scholarship offers from Connecticut, Florida A-&-M, Furman, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State, Temple, Tennessee State and Western Kentucky along with UMD, WVU and Wake, while Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse and UCF are also showing interest.

Opara would like to choose a school sometime in either July or August, but said that is unlikely. September appears to be a more realistic possibility.

"I want to get it over with soon, and relax and finish out my senior year," Opara said.

The Mountaineers appear to be the clear-cut leader for the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Opara, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

"They [WVU] beat a very good Clemson team in the Orange Bowl," Opara said. "They're always competitive. I know a couple of players on the team."

Opara added he is also very interested in Ga. Tech and UNC.

"Georgia Tech said if I perform well at their camp then I should get an offer from them in July," Opara said. "He [UNC defensive coordinator Dan Disch] recruited me when he was at Southern Miss last year. It's been pretty good. He seems like a funny guy. He's cool, a little bit out there, a little bit crazy, but he makes football fun."

The Sunshine State defensive lineman said Disch wants him to camp with the Tar Heels sometime this summer.

Opara will also make the trip to College Park in July. He will probably take one of his official visits to Wake.

He is friends with incoming Wake Forest freshman wide receiver Jared Crump, who has continued the Demon Deacon pipeline to Florida.

"It's [Wake had 30 players from Florida on its roster last season] definitely something to think about," Opara said. "Maybe I can go check it out."

Opara wants a school that offers an excellent education, the opportunity to play early, familiarity with players and makes it possible for his family to attend his games.

If Opara chooses the Deacs he must prove to the coaches he is capable of contributing at a high level for at least 30 plays a game. Wake likely redshirts a true freshman if he cannot that 30-play threshold.

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