West Forsyth High School

Emert headed to Wake Forest

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November 17, 2009

By BJ Corbitt

When Ben Emert heads off to play college football, his friends and family won’t have to toss out the monogrammed  caps they wore in the stands during his career at West Forsyth. The “WF” will still work just fine.

Emert (6-foot-1, 225 lbs.) verbally committed to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. last Wednesday.

“Just the way they run it, it’s a class act all the way. They were good with me throughout the recruiting process, Emert said.”

Emert will sign as a fullback, but says the Demon Deacon coaching staff is indicating more of a hybrid running/blocking role for him within an option offense.

Emert said he asked assistant coach Steve Russ whether he would be redshirted his freshman year, and got the following response: Come to campus ready to play.

Emert’s commitment seemed to please Demon Deacon fans in the online world.

“I gotta [sic] a good feeling about this one,” wrote a user with the screen name reginator on a Wake Forest fan forum.

“A perfect fit for Wake,” commented user Dekin after listing Emert’s stats and high grade point average.

Emert made three trips to the Wake Forest campus before getting the offer. He had also received offers from Air Force, VMI and Samford, but jumped at the chance to play in the more prestigious ACC.

Emert finished with 1,486 rushing yards, 27 touchdowns and no fumbles on 173 carries in his senior season at West. That followed 1,140 yards and 18 touchdowns his junior year.

“I think it helped a lot,” Emert said of his exposure at West.

“Just the whole experience helping me get all those carries and all those stats, and helping get my new school on the map also.”


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