Deacs host Virgile on official visit

Lance Virgile

With a roster of more than 150 players, it's hard to work your way up the depth chart at South Florida powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas. Lance Virgile, has not only worked his way up to play starting outside linebacker for the Raiders he also plays inside linebacker and on the defensive line as well.

"We like to mix it up," said Lance Virgile. "This year I've been playing well. I got my eyes right and have been reading plays and seeing things before they happen. I've been fairly consistent, but I'd have to say my best games were against [Don] Bosco and Miramar."

With the Florida 7A playoffs in full swing, Virgile has kept his focus on helping his team bring home a championship. Although he still remains uncertain on a college decision, he says his lone official visit to Wake Forest the weekend of the Boston College game was a good one.

"I really loved it up there," Virgile said on his trip to Winston-Salem. "I loved everything about it. The area around campus is nice, the coaches were all great, and there's a lot of players on the roster from my part of the state. It felt like I was back at home. Kevis Jones was my player-host. He's actually one of my teammate's [at STA] Godbrother.

"When I was there, I spent a whole lot of time with Coach Jackson. I'd be really glad if he's my position coach. He's had many cases of coaching up players to the NFL and I think he could most certainly do the same with me."

Virgile, 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, holds scholarship offers from numerous Division 1 programs would like to make a couple more campus visits before he makes a final decision.

"I'm not going to wait until Signing Day," Virgile explained, "but I may not announce until later on. I'm going to take a visit to UCF. That's the only one I have scheduled now, but I'm also looking at going to Houston, West Virginia and Louisville."

"The main think I'm looking for is a college that will prepare me athletically and academically. It's my goal to reach the NFL. Even if I achieve that goal for two year or 14 years, I need to be able to do something afterward. I'll still have a long life to live after football, so I want to be prepared to be successful when it's over."

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