November 27, 2012

Virgile focused on football

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas outside linebacker Lance Virgile is unsure of when he will make his commitment, but is looking for a school that offers the best opportunities on and off the field.

Virgile, who is an integral component to St. Thomas Aquinas' (11-2) success, goes wherever the need is greatest. The Sunshine State product has seen action at outside linebacker, inside linebacker, defensive end and even at defensive tackle occasionally.

The Raiders are preparing for a meeting with Boyd Anderson in the third round of the state playoffs.

"It's [my recruitment] still an open book right now," Virgile said. "I'm not really done with this recruiting process. Right now I'm focused on the playoffs, so I'm not even worrying about recruiting much."

Virgile, who is rated as a three-star recruit and the nation's No. 53 outside linebacker, claims scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Central Florida, East Carolina, Florida International, Houston, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), NC State, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

"I'm mostly hearing from UCF, Houston, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Louisville," Virgile said. "I've been to Wake Forest and I plan on going to UCF soon and I plan on going to Houston pretty soon."

"I haven't spoken about any visits yet with Louisville or West Virginia, but after that Houston and UCF I'm going to take a couple of visits."

His trip to Wake, which he took earlier this fall, was an official visit.

The Demon Deacons are recruiting him to play outside linebacker. Virgile has connected well with Wake Forest outside linebackers coach Derrick Jackson.

"Him [Jackson] and me we want to be in the same with each other," Virgile said. "As him as my coach and me as his player I feel like a lot of great things would happen. He's prepped a lot of players to play at many places that he's been, including Wake Forest. I feel like I would work really hard to play with him, and we'll go far with the outside linebacker crew."

"It's [Wake] a great school, and I could see myself doing really well at Wake Forest and for football and maybe even cross it over to go to the NFL. They have a lot of Florida players. One of their players Kevis Jones is one of my teammate's Godbrother."

Jones hosted Virgile on his official visit.
Virgile said this definitely has an impact on his recruitment.

"Being around at North Carolina having someone that I'm familiar with is pretty good," Virgile said.

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