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Deacon Dump 4/28: Lewis getting some respect, Jeremy Thompson retiring from football

Hey guys, as you may have noticed, things are a bit slow over here at HQ. The twins and Jake are amping up for finals and I've been extra busy at work. But, as it goes, there isn't much going on with Wake athletics in general. Aside from the draft and some recruiting peeps, seasons are wrapping up and there's the obligatory delay for finals for the athletes as well. So we'll do our best to hang tough, but don't worry, we'll be back to full strength soon.

FCD's Lewis attracts attention - High school -
Dave Telep, the national director of basketball recruiting for, said after the Carolina Challenge, a showcase of North Carolina's finest high school underclass basketball players, that it would be interesting to see which college programs would offer a scholarship to Forsyth Country Day's Tyler Lewis after his performance in the event. Scott Aims to Impress
Some schools I am going to visit include, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Louisville, and Stanford. Georgia has shown me the most attention throughout my the recruiting process. They were first to offer me and I really have a good connection with the entire coaching staff."

Packers: Neck injury forces LB Thompson to retire - Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune
The fourth-round pick out of Wake Forest in 2008 was the first player Packers General Manager Ted Thompson ever traded up for. He spent the last several months visiting spinal-cord specialists and neurologists to gather information about whether it would be safe for him to continue his career.

Running Down Potential Maryland Assistant Coach Candidates - Testudo Times
Dino Gaudio, former Wake Forest HC - Gaudio's not much to look at when it comes to gameday, but the man is a heck of a recruiter. When you consider that recruiting was Driesell's main duty, Gaudio makes perfect sense. He's yet to find a new place to call home, and Maryland would be a nice temporary destination to reel in a few big time recruits. The negatives abound, however: he'd be expensive, probably wouldn't jibe with Gary's personality, and would likely be out of town one way or the other relatively quickly. DeGeare's Bittersweet Day
"She was my inspiration, she was my everything, she was my best friend, she was the person I went to," DeGeare said. "It was very tough to lose someone that you’re that close to. Back in ’08, I had some academic trouble and had to catch up in the classroom to be able to graduate. I graduated this past December and I’m proud of myself." He said his drafting to the NFL, while one of the highlight moments of his life, is still missing something. As excited as he is about coming to the Vikings, his mind remained on his mother and how she would have reacted to his football dream being realized.

NFL Notebook: Skinner to get Giants tryout
GIANTS: Riley Skinner, Wake Forest's record-setting quarterback, wasn't selected in last weekend's NFL Draft but yesterday was invited to attend the New York Giants minicamp on a tryout basis.

Draft Reactions 2.0 | Stripe Hype | A Cincinnati Bengals Blog
Tight end Jermaine Gresham should be the answer to Cincinnati’s problem at that position, and just ask Colt McCoy about Jordan Shipley’s reliability. He won’t drop many. The key could be if an up-and-coming Brandon Ghee, the Wake Forest corner, proves to be the third good cover player for a Cincinnati secondary that had a resurgent season last year."

Hudsonville's Danae Rosendall will play volleyball at Wake Forest -
The college choice came down to a border battle between Virginia and Wake Forest, located across the state line in North Carolina. Both schools were in major cities (Richmond and Winston-Salem respectively), but in the end, academics won out. "She'd done some research, and academically, she decided it was what fit her well," Hudsonville coach Christie Klaasen said.

Wake Forest, Georgia Southern offer Seminole LB Serderius 'Bird' Bryant, giving him 7 offers -
If it's at all possible to consider Seminole's standout linebacker Serderius Bryant overlooked, that's certainly changing. Bryant, known to many as the "Bird," because he flies around the football field, received two more scholarship offers Monday as Wake Forest and Division-I AA power Georgia Southern jumped into the chase. He has seven offers now. The others are Mississippi, UCF, Louisiana-Lafayette, Cincinnati and Colorado State.