May 4, 2006

Charlotte linebacker a rising star

Wake Forest got what they were looking for when they picked up linebackers Hunter Haynes and Matthew Woodlief this past year with the class of 2006. Clemmons West Forsyth defensive stud Kyle Jarrett has pledge his future to the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest but the search is still on for one or two more backers to help balance out the recruiting board. One name you could hear more about in the near future is Charlotte (NC) linebacker Max Gruder.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect is seeing his share of interest from division one schools and he has received a little attention from the Wake coaches. "They stopped by the school and I have received some letters but nothing too serious yet," Gruder said.

Boston College, Central Florida, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Duke are showing heavy interest in Gruder but none have yet to offer. Gruder recently made trips to Boston College and Central Florida and was very impressed with both schools. "At Boston College I loved the atmosphere and the town. It was a really cool place. When I got to Central Florida I was really impressed with the coaching staff but the biggest thing there was their facilities. They had the nicest facilities I have seen yet," Gruder said.

Gruder has plans to attend camp at Wake Forest this summer and he is hoping he can catch the eye of the Wake coaching staff. "I really would love to have Wake a little more interested in me at this point. They are a very strong academic institution and I like their athletic program and the character of Jim Grobe," Gruder said.

The Charlotte native managed to scrape in 132 tackles and 2 sacks forcing 4 fumbles on the year in 2005. He has great instincts on the field and his best traits as a player are reading the play and making the hit. Be looking to hear more about Max Gruder in the future as he hopefully begins to rise to the top of division one recruiting boards.

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