WR Teriq Mallory goes in-depth on Wake Forest commitment


A visit to Wake Forest a few weeks ago  gave Teriq Mallory a view of the program he was not expecting.

It led to the Cheshire (Conn.) Academy receiver committing to the Demon Deacons.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Mallory chose Wake Forest over Duke, Maryland and West Virginia, which he recently named as his other finalists.

“Honestly, Wake Forest checks all the boxes for me,” Mallory said. “They have big receivers like me, they throw the ball, great academic school, not a big campus, decent size class body, coaches have longevity there. The head coach has been there for 10 years.”

When Mallory was on campus, it afforded him the chance to speak with coach Dave Clawson and receivers coach Ari Confesor.

They discussed the offensive philosophy and how Mallory fits in the offense.

“They run a lot of 11 personnel so two outside, one slot, one tight end, one running back and I believe at the outside position they run a lot of option routes,” Mallory said. “So if you think you are not open, you are always open. There is always an option you can adjust to depending on the coverage.

“They use a lot of big, tall receivers. Jump balls is really what stood out to me.”

Mallory showcased his frame and ability to use his size to shield defensive backs as a junior at Cheshire Academy.

He had 42 catches for 607 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season.

The Demon Deacons offered in late January, and Mallory did not know what to expect. When he got to the Winston-Salem, N.C., school, he was amazed.

“We took a tour around campus,” he said. “Walking around campus, it just felt like home. I’ve been on a lot of campuses, I’ve been on a lot of visits, but Wake Forest kind of crept up on me and it felt like home.

“I stepped on campus and I didn’t know what to expect. It was beautiful.”

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