January 10, 2006

Caparelli Chooses The ACC!

Robinson All-Examiner senior running back Lucas Caparelli has verbally committed to Wake Forest after a campus visit this past weekend.

Caparelli chose Wake Forest over similar offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Michigan State, among others. The commitment is not binding until Caparelli signs a national letter-of-intent when the official signing period begins on Feb. 1.

Caparelli is also a standout defensive back and returner. Several schools did not recruit him as a running back.

"I always said I wasn't going to base my decision on where I was going to play on the football field," Caparelli said. "But Wake does look at me as a running back so that's where I plan to help them. I just had a good feeling about the place in my heart."

Caparelli, also All-Examiner as a junior when he helped the Rams win the Northern Region title and advance to the Group AAA Division 6 title game, finished his career with 4,063 rushing yards, 1,007 receiving yards and a school-record 66 touchdowns.

As a senior he totaled 1,474 rushing yards and 490 receiving yards. He also averaged 29 yards per return and intercepted three passes at defensive back.

The No. 4 Rams (9-2) lost to No. 3 Westfield in a region semifinal, 35-14.

At Wake Forest, Caparelli will join former Robinson standout Chip Vaughn, a 2003 All-Examiner selection, who started at safety for the Demon Deacons as a redshirt freshman last fall.

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