Although he will not officially sign and enroll until the end of 2007, Bolles (FL) center Chance…
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Chance Raines, 6-foot-1 and 260 pounds, committed to Wake Forest in January but didn't sign with them last Wednesday. That's because he won't enroll until the spring semester. His father, Mike, explained the situation. "Chance will dress out for a January bowl game next year if they are in one and actually practice with the team," Mike said. "There are obviously huge benefits starting in January. One is obviously getting a head start on his education, practicing with the team in the spring, and having an outstanding opportunity to start his Freshman year and be 100% healthy." Raines, who helped lead Bolles to the Class 2A state championship as a senior, took an official visit with his parents to Wake Forest this past weekend. According to dad, it was very impressive. "The trip was outstanding," he said. "We were the only ones there for three days -- ate like crazy, toured the campus, met all the coaches, and had dinner with Coach Grobe. Eeverything was first class. Chance is extremely excited. There are so many positives -- education, environment, coaches, players, etc." One of the major reasons why Raines will not be starting his ACC career in the fall is because of a foot injury that is taking some time to heal. "He had four pins placed in his toe," his father said. "We felt starting school in January would be in everyone's best interest. He should have his cast off on Monday and begin rehab. Dr McBride with the Jim Andrews Clinic / Alabama Sports medicine did the surgery and will remove the 3 other pins on Monday. Dr McBride says he is healing perfectly ,will be better than ever. Dr. McBride actually did (Byron) Leftwich's ankle and while we were there Matt Hasselback and a number of NFL players were there getting different surgeries." Raines will sign his Letter of Intent with Wake Forest in December and begin taking classes in January of 2008.
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