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Holly Springs lineman Nick Luedeke accepts Wake Forest offer; Wolfpack offers scholarship to Clayton's Clark

tstevens@newsobserver.comJuly 18, 2013 

The Wake Forest football coaching staff saw something in Holly Springs center Nick Luedeke that some other coaches didn’t.

Or perhaps the Deacons just found out more about the 6-foot-5, 245-pound senior who committed to the Deacons this week.

“I really believe Wake Forest sees something in me that some other schools didn’t,” Luedeke said. “Everybody I met with at other schools said they liked me, but they couldn’t offer me. Wake Forest is my dream school.”

Luedeke’s father was a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman at Penn State and his mother was a decathlete, long jumper and high jumper at the school.

Nick Luedeke weighed 165 pounds as a freshman and played at 205 last year. He did not play lacrosse last spring so he could concentrate on weight training.

“I want to still be an athlete,” he said. “I didn’t want be 300 pounds in high school. I’ve got plenty of room to get bigger in college.”

Luedeke, who has a 4.125 GPA, attended camp at Wake Forest in June and has been in contact with the coaches since then. They offered him a scholarship on Tuesday around 10 p.m., and he immediately accepted.

“Wake Forest has been my No. 1,” he said. “I’m all in.”

Wolfpack offers Clark: Clayton’s Gary Clark added basketball scholarship offers from N.C. State and Maryland this week after playing well in the Peach Jam club basketball tournament in North Augusta, S.C., last week.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward helped the CP3 All-Stars advance to the championship game of the event before losing, 108-102, to the Florida-based E1T1, which features North Carolina commit Joel Berry and Duke commit Grayson Allen.

Clark already had offers from ACC members Clemson, Miami, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. He also has offers from several other Division I programs, including East Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth, Cincinnati, Wichita State and Xavier.

“Gary is going to make some visits in the fall and plans to make his decision before our season begins,” Clayton coach Denny Medlin said. “He wants to have that process behind him when the high school season starts.”

Clark has played well all summer with the CP3 All-Stars, a program supported by the NBA’s Chris Paul.

Clark helped lead Clayton to the eastern regionals last season by averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots a game. He was an Associated Press all-state selection and was the Greater Neuse River 4A player of the year.

The NCAA early signing period begins Nov. 13 and continues through Nov. 20. The spring signing period starts April 16, 2014.

Cary golfer wins: Emilia Migliaccio of Cary won a girls’ golf tournament last weekend at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines with a two-under-par 140. The victory qualifies her to play in the state championships.

Ravenscroft’s Jessica Kittelberger, who tied for third, also advanced

Greenville’s Bryce Hendrix won the boys’ title with at 6-under-par (67-69–136) at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines.

Broughton’s Will Minton and Alex Hefner of Conover tied for second at 5-under and qualified for the boys’ championships along with Stephen Franken of Raleigh, Kendrick Vinar of Hillsborough and Michael McMahon of Raleigh.

The state tournament will be played at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst on Aug. 5-8. D. Clay Best contributed to this story

D. Clay Best contributed to this story

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