DeGeare came to Wake Forest as a top interior offensive line recruit.
Enrolled at Wake Forest in January 2005 and participated in spring practice. Played in 11 games (one start vs. NC State) as a true freshman.
He starting 14 games at offensive guard as a sophomore. Played 699 snaps, which was third-best on the team, and then played 617 snaps as a junior, when he started eight games (all at right guard).
Redshirted in 2008 while serving an academic suspension.
DeGeare started all 12 games at left tackle in 2009 and earned All-ACC honorable mention.
Positives: Massive man. Plays behind his pads and can drive defenders off the ball. Good initial quickness in the running game to gain an initial advantage. Has the power to control and turn his opponent. Flashes some nastiness. Looks for the knockdown when he feels his opponent off-balance. Has enough lateral agility to stay in front of the pass rusher. Physically blessed prospect with some untapped potential.
Negatives: Relies too much on his size and strength. Struggles with quicker penetrating defensive tackles. Only marginal overall quickness and balance. Tires easily and is not the same player in the fourth quarter he is in the first. May struggle with a complicated playbook. Has struggled with academics, missing the 2008 due to an academic suspension.