May 24, 2007

The Future Has Arrived for the Deacons

Late last week Wake Forest fans found out that their quarterback of the future will be, and the Deacs couldn't be more excited. Ted Stachitas of Ponte Verda Beach Fla. committed to Wake Forest last Thursday. "I talked first to my high school coaches, then I talked to Coach Elrod who told Coach Grobe." And so began the future of the Deacons.

A lot of elite football programs were interested in Stachitas as an "athlete." In fact, Miami (Fla.) and Georgia Tech both offered scholarships to play receiver or defensive back. But Stachitas had other plans. "I really limited my search to schools who wanted me as a quarterback. So Wake has always been up there."

Don't let the fact that other teams wanted him to play other positions fool you, Stachitas is a good quarterback. In his junior season, Stachitas led football powerhouse Nease High School to a state championship appearance and captured All-State honors. Stachitas passed for over 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns. That amazing production through the air was matched on the ground where Stachitas ran for over 1,000 yards and 12 scores. This is an extremely athletic young man who can carry the Deacons to victory on the ground, or through the air.

Stachitas got a chance to talk to the Deacons coaching staff about how they would use his unique skills. "The coaches said they'd put in more of a run game for the quarterback, they'll put in more option read." But don't look for the Deacons to go to an Osbourne-type offense, Stachitas still wants to pass. "Their offense fits me perfectly. The pass game is a lot like what I'm doing (in high school)." Even with the great passing statistics, Stachitas admits that he needs to stay in the pocket more. "My legs get a lot of it done for me, I like to scramble, so I don't get sacked too many times, but I need to learn to stay in the pocket more. I've talked to the coaches about that."

Stachitas had plenty of time to get acclimated to the Wake Forest program before his commitment. Wake Forest has built a pipeline from the Jacksonville area. Stachitas' high school teammate Riley Haynes is committed to Wake and will join his older brother, Hunter on the roster. Also, Wake has a host of players from the nearby Bolles School including quarterback Riley Skinner and kicker Sam Swank.

Wake Forest's championship season didn't hurt either. Stachitas was watching as the Deacs beat Florida State and Georgia Tech for the ACC Championship. "That FSU game," said Stachitas, "I didn't think they'd dominate them like they did, so I was happy about that."

And Wake Forest nation is happy about this commitment.

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