June 14, 2012
Radford: “I felt like it was the place for me”
Charlotte (NC) Country Day quarterback Michael Radford committed to Wake Forest less than 24 hours after Demon Deacon quarterbacks coach Tom Elrod offered him a scholarship Wednesday, June 14.
"My dad and I sat down [and] we went through all of our options," Radford said. "We thought about the schools that I was talking with and we really thought that Wake Forest would be the best place for me football-wise and academically. The academics are just really good and the football, which is ACC."
"I felt like it was the place for me, because when I was up there earlier I looked around and I just really liked it and it felt right. When you know you know, so I called up Coach Elrod [Thursday evening, June 14] and I was like, 'I'm ready to do this coach. I'm ready to commit,' and he was like, 'Alright, good. I'm fired up about it and I don't have to worry about getting my quarterback anymore.'"
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback camped at Wake Sunday, June 3, where he received special tutelage and an evaluation from Elrod.
"It [Elrod's confidence in him as a quarterback] means a lot," Radford said. "I feels really good knowing that he believes in me [and] thinks I can do the job, but then it also brings a little weight to that, because I don't want to come in there and not do well. I want just to go in there and do the best I can. This year I want to have a good senior year and get better, and go to Wake Forest and keep getting better and learning a lot and hopefully just grow as a player and we'll see what happens from there."
"I have a really strong relationship with the coaches I feel like and I really, really like Coach [Tom] Elrod the quarterbacks coach and [Head] Coach [Jim] Grobe is awesome and all of the other coaches I've got to meet I just absolutely love them."
Radford added Grobe surprised him with a hug when they met for the first time, Sunday, June 3, because he was not highly recruited.
He chose Wake Forest over scholarship offers from Marshall, Presbyterian and UNC-Charlotte. Appalachian State, Duke, East Carolina, Furman and Syracuse also showed interest.
Radford's father played football for the Thundering Herd to go along with other family ties he has with Marshall, making the decision difficult.
"It's a huge weight that's off of my back, and I'm ready to enjoy my summer and work out a lot and go to seven-on-sevens with my team and look forward to a good senior year," Radford said.
He passed for 1,606 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushed for 805 yards and 22 touchdowns.
"The first they [college coaches] all say is I have a quick and fast release," Radford said. "They all like my release. That's the first thing they see when they see me throw. They like that. They say I have a lot of velocity on my throw and on my ball. I can work on accuracy a little bit, but it's not terrible. They like that I can move around in the pocket. I run about a 4.7 40. They like my height. I can see over the line pretty well."
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