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Wake Forest Football Signing Class of 2006
Rated by Rivals.com as the 10th-best running back prospect in the nation... ranked by ESPN.com as the 5th-best North Carolina prospect and the 150th-best player in the nation, regardless of position... participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... led all North Carolina running backs with 2,884 rushing yards and scored 26 touchdowns as a senior... rushed for more than 2,500 yards in both his junior and senior seasons... was leading the state in rushing as a sophomore before having his season cut short by a knee injury... gained 8,631 all-purpose yards in four varsity seasons with 80 touchdowns... the school's all-time leading rusher... named first team All-North Carolina by the Associated Press... the Tri-Seven Conference offensive player of the year... runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and a 11.0 100-meter dash... squats 400 pounds and benches 280... possesses a 33-inch vertical leap... a state qualifier in track with a 21-foot, 9-inch long jump... coached by Ben Kolstad... mother is Arlene Adams... born September 2, 1987... chose Wake Forest over Georgia, LSU, Maryland, NC State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia.
"He's just an unbelievable football player. When he runs, it looks like he's skating on the field. He makes people miss." -- Cary HS coach Ben Kolstad
Rated as the 8th-best punting prospect nationally by Scout.com... listed in 2004 by Street & Smith's as one of the top 50 juniors nationally and was the only punter on the list... won first place for punting distance and placement at the Auburn University kicking camp... a three-time all-state and all-county selection... averaged 43 and 44 yards per punt as a senior and junior... blasted a 73-yard punt as a junior, the third-longest punt in Alabama high school history... had punts of more than 50 yards as a freshman and a sophomore... also served as the placekicker at Oxford, going a perfect 30-30 on extra points and 3-3 on field goals as a senior... excels in the classroom... coached by Josh Niblet... parents are Todd Caldwell and Robin Mayfield... born November 5, 1987... chose Wake Forest over Southern Miss.
"I think Wake is getting one of the best punters in the nation. Not only is Dan one of the best punters, he is one of the highest character individuals I have had the pleasure to coach." -- Oxford coach Josh Niblet
Ranked as the 19th-best prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times... was a first team all-metro, first team all-district, first team all-region and first team all-state selection in 2005... as a senior, rushed for 1,910 yards with 28 touchdowns... had eight 100-yard rushing games and two 200-yard rushing games... scored 66 touchdowns and gained 4,063 rushing yards, plus 1,007 receiving yards during his four-year career... a three-year starter on both sides of the ball... timed as having 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash... comes from the same high school program as current Deacon defensive back Chip Vaughn... coached by Mark Bendorf... parents are Guy and Jessica Caparelli... born March 1, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
"He's the complete package at running back. He can run inside, run outside and he's got great balance and vision. He can go." -- Robinson Secondary coach Mark Bendorf
Rated by Rivals.com as the 69th-best defensive line prospect in America... ranked as the 14th-best prospect in Tennessee... first team All-Tennessee selection... led Melrose to a 14-1 record and the state Tennessee 4-A State Championship game as a senior... anchored a defense that allowed just 4.2 points per game... recorded 97 tackles, 16 sacks and 52 quarterback hurries from his defensive tackle position... also competed on Melrose's track in the shot put and discus... squats 620 pounds... joins current Deacon Casey Hill as "Memphis Deacs"... coached by Chester Flowers... parents are Michael Sr., and Debra Carter... born June 16, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Arkansas State and Ole Miss.
"They're getting a polished product. As good an athlete as he is, he's a better young man. Of course, Wake Forest is one of the most prestigious universities in this country. I think he's going to do well for them." -- Melrose coach Chester Flowers
Listed as the 50th-best safety prospect nationally by Rivals.com... the 26th-best prospect in North Carolina... a North Carolina Preps All-State selection... named all-region at defensive back and all-conference at defensive back and wide receiver... led his team to the 4-A North Carolina State Eastern Semifinal game... participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... intercepted three passes, broke up 11 and made 46 tackles as a senior... had 16 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns... helped lead Jack Britt to the state championship game as a junior with current Deacon Brandon Ghee... owns a 38-inch vertical leap... timed at 4.55 40-yard dash... ran track and helped break the school records on three different relay teams... coached by Richard Bailey at Jack Britt... parents are Donn Frye and Viveca Frye... born December 20, 1987... chose Wake Forest over Duke, East Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
"The special thing about Alex is that he is very intelligent in the classroom and on the football field, not just one or the other like some players. He's very physical back there with a bit of a nasty disposition. He'll come up and hit you." -- Jack Britt coach Richard Bailey
Listed by ESPN.com as the 55th-best guard prospect nationally... a two-time All-First Coast Team selection... named second team All-Florida in 2-A... selected to Florida Varsity's top 250... coached by Corky Rodgers... also competes in track and field, throwing the discus... joins Riley Skinner and John Russell as Bolles School alumni in the Demon Deacon program... parents are Richard and Kimberly Gaskin... born November 19, 1987... chose Wake Forest over UCF and Virginia.
"Cannon is a hard-working young man who has great technique. He has been an anchor for our line. I think he will continue to get bigger and stronger and be a good one for Wake Forest." -- Bolles coach Corky Rodgers
Rated by Scout.com as the 43rd-best tight end prospect in the nation and the 14th-best North Carolina prospect... participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and was an East Team captain... named to North Carolina Preps All-State team... selected to the Tri-7 All-Conference Team... led the Yellow Jackets to a district and sectional championship... made 27 receptions for 300 yards and a touchdown... also recorded 11 pancake blocks... was also a standout defender on the prep level... made 12 tackles for loss with three sacks, three forced fumbles and three blocked extra points... a very athletic big man who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in basketball... coached by Jody Stouffer... a two-time all-conference basketball player... mother is Jackie Petty... born February 15, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
"He's the type of player that can do everything. He was the one constant with our team this year and is what I'd consider the cornerstone of our program. We started 0-3 and he kept everyone up, everyone excited, and pumped. He's a great athlete. He goes 100 percent every time out and on top of that he's got great character." -- Lee County coach Jody Stouffer
Rated by ESPN.com as the 19th-best inside linebacker prospect in the nation... named to the Jacksonville Times-Union's Super 24... a 4-A All-Florida linebacker... named first team All-Coast... an All-St. John's County first team selection by the St. Augustine Record... helped Nease to a state championship as a senior... totaled 201 tackles and six sacks in 15 games... runs a 4.6 40-yard dash... benches 340 pounds and squats 450... joins John Russell, Riley Skinner and signee Cannon Gaskin as Jacksonville natives on the Deacon roster... coached by Craig Howard... also competes on the weightlifting team in the 239 pound class with a high total of 655 pounds... parents are Wesley and Susie Haynes... born February 1, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Colorado, Connecticut, Louisville, Michigan State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA.
"We had three great linebackers at Nease this year, and Hunter was a top performer for us. He works hard in the weight room and is a student of the game. We will miss him, but Wake Forest is getting a great one." -- Nease coach Craig Howard
Arrived on campus this spring after graduating from high school a semester early... will be available to participate in spring drills... listed as the 57th-best quarterback prospect nationally by Scout.com... rated as the 49th-best prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com... Associated Press first team 5-AAAAA All-State selection...named first team all-region... named first team All-Cobb County... named the starting North quarterback in the Georgia North/South Classic All-Star Game... chosen as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution-Cobb County Super 11 quarterback... selected for the Offensive Back of the Year Award by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta...2004 and 2005 Cobb Quarterback of the Year... selected to PrepStar All-Region team... as a two-year starter threw for 4,085 yards on 64 percent passing with 52 touchdowns and 14 interceptions... runs a 4.75 40-yard dash... coached by Bruce Cobleigh... comes from the same high school as current Deacon Jon Abbate... an excellent student who plans to attend law school in the future... mother is Lori MacDowall... born April 26, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Ball State, Baylor, Colorado State, Oregon and Western Michigan.
"He sees the field like nobody else. This kid is so accurate. The thing he does as well as anybody is he can hit the second and third and fourth and fifth receiver. He can read them right down and throw to the fifth option. This guy is unbelievable. They've got a really good one." -- Harrison coach Bruce Cobleigh
Listed as the 7th-best center prospect nationally by ESPN.com... rated as the 20th-best prospect in Tennessee by Rivals.com... played on back-to-back state championship teams as a junior and a senior... named to the Super 7 Coaches All-State first team as a senior and honorable mention as a junior... selected to the Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Team... chosen to the Shelby Metro Elite Team... recipient of the school's Offensive Lineman Award... benches 350 pounds... coached by Bobby Alston... a Dean's List student... earned three letters in lacrosse and football... parents are Ed and Carroll Nenon... born March 24, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Memphis and Kentucky.
"Russell Nenon was a key factor in winning back-to-back state championships. Not only for his play on the field, but also his leadership. I think he's put in as much time as anybody we've ever had just trying to make himself a quality player at the Division I level." -- MUS coach Bobby Alston
Listed by ESPN.com as the 88th-best defensive end prospect in the country... rated by Scout.com as the 47th-best prospect in North Carolina... an all-state selection as a senior... twice named to the All-Northwest North Carolina team... a three-time all-conference selection... a co-captain and Mount Tabor's leading tackler as as senior... blocked six punts in his prep career... a three-year starter... a local product out of Mount Tabor High School, just minutes from the Wake Forest campus... coached by Bob Sapp... parents are N.T. and Bobbie Russell... born September 18, 1987... chose Wake Forest over Army and Vanderbilt.
"It has been a privilege to coach Tripp the last four years. He is a great young man who is not only a leader on the field, but in the classroom and off-campus. Tripp's biggest asset on the field is his motor. He is non-stop on defense and he is always around the ball when the play is over. A great deal of Mount Tabor's success the last three years is because of Tripp Russell. He will be missed." -- Mount Tabor coach Bob Sapp
A third team All-State selection in 4-A... named to Florida Varsity's Top 250 in Florida... chosen to the first team all-area team by the Gainesville Sun... named most valuable defensive lineman in Lake City... played defensive tackle and offensive guard as a senior... made 70 tackles in 2005... the only sophomore starter on Columbia's 12-2 team in 2002... comes from the same high school program as former Deacon Cory Randolph... had six high school teammates accept college scholarships... coached by Danny Green... mother is Georgia Morgan... born June 11, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Iowa State and UCF.
"Teddy has a great frame. He has started since his freshman year, and not too many folks have done that around here. He is our strongest player and plays extremely hard. It is good to see that Wake Forest is getting another one from Lake City." -- Columbia coach Danny Green
Played quarterback and defensive back at Eagle's Landing, accounting for 7,168 career yards... as a senior, ran for 1,267 yards and 20 touchdowns... completed 45 percent of his passes for 867 yards and eight scores... led his team to a 6-4 record, the best season in school history... made 63 tackles and intercepted two passes as a senior... runs a 4.5 40-yard dash... possesses a 35-inch vertical leap... squats 415 and benches 265... coached by Bob Stinchcomb... mother and stepfather are Michelle and Ricky Clark... born October 7, 1987... chose Wake Forest over Memphis, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tulane and UCF.
"Marcus is a great competitor and a great athlete. He competes every snap." -- Eagle's Landing coach Bob Stinchcomb
Ranked as the fourth-best wide receiver prospect in North Carolina by PrepStars... rated as the 49th-best overall North Carolina prospect by Scout.com... listed by ESPN.com as the nation's 142nd-best wide receiver... voted the PAC-6 Offensive Back of the Year... made 52 receptions as a senior for 863 yards and 10 scores... also averaged 22.3 yards per kickoff return... caught 53 passes as a junior for 777 yards and 10 touchdowns... clocked at a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash with a 34-inch vertical leap... coached by Tommy Blalock... a captain of the seventh-ranked basketball team in North Carolina... a three-year letterwinner in track... parents are Butch and Sherron Williams... born February 15, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Duke and Maryland.
"He's a great kid. He's the type of kid that will excel at Wake Forest. He runs great routes and he works hard. The last two years at Riverside he's gotten better and better as a wide receiver." -- former Riverside assistant and current head coach Todd Spell
Listed by Rivals.com as the 41st-best linebacker prospect in America and the 23rd-best prospect in North Carolina... the Charlotte Observer's Defensive Player of the Year... helped Bandys to the North Carolina 2-A state championship game as a sophomore and a junior and was selected as the defensive player of the game both times... a four-year all-conference defensive player... chosen as an all-state selection as a senior... participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and was a defensive captain... was the WNNC Radio Catawba County Player of the Year... nominated to play in the All-American Army All-Star game... named conference defensive player of the year as a junior... made 151 tackles that year with 10 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns... played in 61 high school football games... clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash... a good all-around athlete who squats 425 pounds and owns a 30-inch vertical leap... also competed on the wrestling team... coached by Randy Lowman... parents are Shannon and Linda Woodlief... born February 1, 1988... chose Wake Forest over East Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
"Find the football and you will usually find Matt. He is amazing in his pursuit, his ability to run from one side of the field to the other and his ability to be in on the play, no matter where the other team runs." -- Bandys coach Randy Lowman
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