Wake Forest Announces Football Signings
Feb. 5, 2014
By Steve Shutt, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - First-year Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson and his staff today announced the addition of 26 newcomers to the Demon Deacon football team. Wake Forest signed 22 prospective student-athletes to National Letters of Intent and announced three freshmen who enrolled in January as well as the addition of a graduate transfer.
Wake Forest's signing class includes 14 players on offense and 11 on defense with one specialist. The 26 players come from 12 states.
Three recent high school graduates enrolled in January for the start of the spring semester. The trio includes offensive linemen Ryan Anderson (6-6, 280) from The Hun School in Princeton, N.J. and Nick Luedeke (6-5, 245) from Holly Springs, N.C. as well as linebacker Jaboree Williams (6-0, 210) from Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Joining the program as a graduate transfer is E.J. Scott. Scott, a 5-11, 185-pound wide receiver, played three seasons at Virginia where he caught 32 passes for 420 yards and also returned kicks. All four of the on-campus newcomers will participate in spring practice.
Clawson and his staff received signed National Letters of Intent from 22 high school seniors on Wednesday. All will be freshmen when they arrive on campus in the fall.
Perhaps the most impressive fact is that 22 of Wake Forest's 25 high school signees served as team captains during their high school career.
Among the offensive skill position players, the Deacons are bringing in a pair of quarterbacks. Travis Smith (6-2, 190) led Ithaca, Mich. High to three consecutive state championships and compiled a 41-0 record as the starting quarterback. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan. Jacksonville, Fla. Bishop Kenny quarterback John Wolford (6-1, 208) was an honorable mention Parade All-American after throwing for 126 career touchdowns to break Tim Tebow's state record.
The Deacons landed a pair of running backs in Tyler Henderson from Lawrenceville, Ga. Collins Hill and Isaiah Robinson from Charlotte Independence. Henderson (5-9, 180) was a second team all-state pick and the Gwinnett County Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,554 yards and 23 touchdowns last fall. Robinson (5-10, 223) rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and scored 20 touchdowns in 2013.
Wake Forest added three wide receivers and a tight end in addition to Scott. Devin Pike (6-6, 225) joins the Deacons from Elder High School in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was an all-city choice in both football and basketball. Both of his brothers played football at the University of Cincinnati. As wideouts, the Deacons signed Kameron Uter (pronounced YOU-tur), a 6-4, 215-pound dual-sport threat. Uter has also been highly recruited for his baseball skills where he is a pitcher and outfielder. Jaylan Barbour (5-10, 170) from Monroe, NC will join the receiving corps after a 46-catch senior season. Cortez Lewis (6-1, 192) is a Demopolis, Ala. native who was a three-time all-county pick in west Alabama.
The Deacons signed three offensive linemen in addition to Anderson and Luedeke. They include Justin Herron (6-5, 285) from Silver Spring, MD, Patrick Osterhage (6-4, 285) from Centerville, OH and A'Lique Terry (6-1, 299) from Hialeah, FL. Herron (pronounced hur-RON) was the MVP of the Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star game, Osterhage comes from Centerville which has put more linemen into Division I football than any other high school in Ohio, and Terry was an all-state and all-county player who was ranked among the top 15 players in the nation at his position. Luedeke, an early enrollee, ranked among the top 15 players in the nation at center while Anderson spent a post graduate year at The Hun School after playing at Wakefield High near Raleigh.
Wake Forest added 11 defensive players including four linemen, three linebackers and four defensive backs.
The linemen include Chris Stewart (6-3, 245) from Petal, Miss., Isaiah "Zeek" Rodney from Rock Hill, SC (South Pointe), Rashawn Shaw (6-3, 230) from Fort Pierce, Fla. Central and Willie Yarbary (6-2, 270) from Augusta, Ga. (Richmond Academy). Stewart had 91 tackles as a senior, Shaw was a Class 8A first team all-state selection in Florida, Rodney represented his home state in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and Yarbary was his region's defensive player of the year in 2013.
The linebacking corps includes Kalin McNeil (6-1, 190) from Northeast Guilford HS near Greensboro, Zack Wary (6-4, 220) from Rogers, Ark., and Williams. McNeil was Northeast Guilford's defensive MVP as a senior and Wary was his region's defensive player of the year. Williams was an honorable mention all-state pick in Florida's Class 7A.
Four newcomers dot the secondary. Thomas Dillon (5-10, 170) from Houston, Texas (Kinkaid School), Cameron Glenn (6-1, 185) from Stone Mountain, Ga. Stephenson, Demetrius Kemp (6-1, 186) from Demopolis, Ala. and DaiQuan Lawrence (6-0, 180) from Chesapeake, Va. Western Branch. Kemp was his county's defensive player of the year and a high school teammate with receiver Cortez Lewis at Demopolis. Dillon had 16 career interceptions and was the private school player of the year in Houston. Glenn was an all-county pick and comes from Stephenson High which has had over 25 Division I signees over the last two years. Lawrence had five interceptions last fall and was considered among the top 50 players at his position nationally.
The lone specialist is placekicker Adam Centers from Coppell, Texas. Centers is ranked the No. 2 kicking recruit in the nation by some services and earned all-state honors in Texas. He had a 51-yard field goal as a junior and a 52-yarder as a senior.
Wake Forest opens the 2014 season on August 28 at Louisiana-Monroe. Spring practice is scheduled to begin on March 25 with the spring game slated for April 26.
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