Signing Day Central will be the official source of Signing Day information for the 2006 ACC Champion Wake Forest Demon Deacons. As soon as the signed National Letters of Intent arrive in the football office, announcements will be made here. The player's name, position, height, weight, hometown, high school and biographical information will be listed. Be sure to frequently check this page on Wednesday, February 7th for the up-to-the-minute information.
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Wake Forest Football Signing Class of 2007
Ranked as the 50th-best offensive tackle by Rivals and the 55th-best by Scout... listed as the fourth-best lineman in North Carolina by Scout... 23rd-best player in North Carolina by Scout... listed as the 127th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN... the conference's Offensive Lineman of the Year... twice earned All-Area honors... a four-time all-conference selection... a Wendy's High School Heisman nominee... led his team to the state playoffs and a 7-4 record... helped Person High School reach the state playoff four straight years... a four-year varsity starter... coached by Mark Lunsford... was an all-conference baseball player as a junior... partcipated in golf... held a 4.1 grade point average in high school and was a national honor student... class president as a freshman and sophomore... parents are Doug and Tammy Weaver... born February 24, 1989... chose Wake Forest over East Carolina, Duke, Maryland, NC State and Virginia.
"Doug is the most intelligent offensive lineman I've ever coached. He has really good feet and athletic ability for a man his size." -- Person coach Mark Lunsford
Named first team All-Area by the Wilmington Star in football and basketball as a junior and a senior... had 41 tackles as a senior to go with eight sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two interceptions... played tight end for the Vikings and caught a pair of touchdowns... helped lead Hoggard to a perfect record in the Mideastern League, a 14-1 overall record and the third round of the state playoffs... also played basketball at the prep level... averaged 19 points and nine rebounds as a junior in basketball ... coached by Scott Braswell... a tremendous student who had a 4.0 grade point average in high school... parents are Ben and Lydia Wright... born April 4, 1989... chose Wake Forest over East Carolina, NC State and South Carolina.
"Will has a ton of natural ability. He came to us as a basketball player and has improved every year. With his character and ability, he should be a good one at Wake Forest." -- Hoggard coach Scott Braswell
Ranked as the 23rd-best outside linebacker nationally by Scout... the 18th-best prospect in North Carolina and the fourth-best linebacker by Scout... listed as the 85th-best inside linebacker nationally by ESPN... All-Central Piedmont Conference team as sophomore and senior... helped lead West Forsyth to a 9-4 mark in 2006 and into the second round of the playoffs before falling to Charlotte Independence... played several different positions in high school... had a knee injury as a junior, but rebounded as a senior to record 90 tackles, ten tackles for a loss and seven sacks... blocked a punt for a touchdown in his final prep game and also caught a 75-yard pass offensively... averaged 11.5 tackles per game during his junior campaign... earned all-conference honors as a sophomore when he made 108 tackles and had 12 sacks... a three-sport standout who was the school's athlete of the year as a sophomore... a four-year starter in football and a basketball player who can dunk... ran the 400 and was a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays for the track team... a Dean's List student... ran a 4.5 40-yard dash... coached by Chip Petree... parents are Rose and Craig Jarrett... born September 4, 1988... verbally commited to Wake Forest during the fall of 2005, nearly 18 months before signing a National Letter of Intent... stayed commited to the Deacons despite interest from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia and nearly 30 other schools.
"Kyle Jarrett is a kid that has the size and ability to make plays as a rush end or linebacker. Combine that talent with his great work ethic and Wake Forest fans will be thrilled to have him in their football program. Kyle has a team-first, me-second attitude that coaches really enjoy." -- West Forsyth coach Chip Petree
Ranked as the 80th-best safety by ESPN... represented North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl where he had three tackles and two pass break-ups... was the only Forsyth County selection to the Shrine Bowl team... named the defensive player of the year in his conference as a senior... a four-time first team all-conference pick... twice chosen to the All-Northwest team... finished his senior campaign with 135 tackles, two interceptions and eight sacks... also rushed for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns... returned a punt for a touchdown... also served as the team's kicker, punter and kick returner... never missed an extra point in high school... helped lead West Forsyth to a 9-4 mark in 2006 and into the second round of the playoffs before falling to Charlotte Independence... tallied 120 tackles as a junior with 17 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and a fumble recovery... ran a 4.5 40-yard dash... owned a 29-inch vertical leap... coached by Chip Petree... was a three-time all-conference selection in baseball... had a .460 batting average, 16 career home runs and 75 career stolen bases... parents are Jenna and Frank Stamper... born June 27, 1988... also recruited by Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee and Virginia.
"John Stamper is a dynamic player that combines great instincts with a tremendous motor who consistently makes plays as a safety and linebacker. Aside from his play-making ability, John also has the gift of making other players around him better. I think that ability separates good players from great players." -- West Forsyth coach Chip Petree
Named to the Jacksonville Times Union Super 24 team... first team All-Gateway Conference... caught 34 passes for 513 yards and four touchdowns as a junior... broke his wrist while playing for the Raines basketball team as a junior and missed spring football... had 30 receptions for 520 yards and five touchdowns as a senior... his best game was against Jacksonville Sandalwood when he had eight catches for 120 yards and a touchdown... ran a 4.5 40-yard dash... owns a vertical leap of 38 inches... coached by Cedric Thornton... a talented athlete who also played basketball and baseball... comes from the sam high school as NFL stars Jabar Gaffney, Lito Shephard and Brian Dawkins... a Dean's List student... parents are June and Ivan Williams... born January 14, 1989... Chose Wake Forest over Louisville, South Florida and UCF.
"A lot of our young kids would call him on the phone or talk to him after practice. He helped them even though they played other positions. He was like an assistant to our assistant coaches. He was a good leader for us." -- Raines coach Cedric Thornton
Ranked by Rivals.com as the 55th-best defensive tackle nationally and the 97th-best player in Florida... rated as the 71st-best defensive tackle by ESPN... ranked by Scout.com as the 91st-best defensive end nationally... a preseason All-American in 2006... a two-time All-Broward County selection... had 85 tackles as a senior with 14 sacks, a blocked field goal, four forced fumbles and interception and 10 quarterback knockdowns... as a junior, he finished with 60 tackles and 14 sacks... invited to play in the North-South All-Star Game... won back-to-back district championships at Everglades... ran a 4.9 40-yard dash... squated 680 and benched 415 pounds... has a vertical leap of 27 inches... Coached by Mike Palmeri... mother is Dorothy Grant and father is Uriah Grant, Sr.... born March 22, 1989... chose Wake Forest over Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, NC State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The 2006 AAA Northern Region Offensive Player of the Year... first team Associated Press All-State... named offensive player of the year by the Washington Post... offensive player of the year in the Liberty District and Northern Region... rushed for 1,744 yards and 29 touchdowns during his senior season at Stone Bridge, earning first team all-state honors, regional offensive player of the year, conference player of the year honors and first team all-conference honors... as a junior at Bishop O'Connell, Brown rushed for 1,282 yards and 14 touchdowns... he also caught six passes for 157 yards and threw a touchdown... transferred to Stone Bridge from Bishop O'Connell for his senior year... coached by Mickey Thompson... mother is Latasha Brown and grandmother is Gwendolyn Brown... born May 18, 1989... Chose Wake Forest over Maryland, James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary.
"Devon is the most explosive running back I have ever seen in high school. I've been coaching 25 years and I've never seen a kid as gifted in running, blocking and catching a football." -- Stone Bridge coach Mickey Thompson
Rated by ESPN as the 147th-best quarterback nationally... led Hertfort County to a number one ranking in the final regular season poll in 3A... a Forbes Report top 50 player in North Carolina... nominated for the East West All-Star Game... a three-time all-conference and all-area selection... team's most valuable player and team captain... threw for 1,913 career yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions... rushed for 33 touchdowns, 2,463 yards and averaged 9.9 yards per carry... as a senior, completed 33-of-74 passes for 748 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions... also rushed for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns on 83 carries... rushed for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games as a junior and also passed for 600 yards and six touchdowns... ran a 4.51 40-yard dash... owned a 32-inch vertical leap... coached by Greg Watford... mother is Lakesha Vaughan... born March 17, 1989... chose Wake Forest over Buffalo, East Carolina, Kentucky, NC State and South Carolina...
"Danny Dembry has been a tremendous leader for us both on and off the field. On the field the past three years he has been the catalyst for our success. His outstanding character, intellect and reliability have been a staple for our program during his enture tenure as quarterback. His playmaking ability will be sorely missed." -- Hertford County coach Greg Watford
Ranked as the 118th-best cornerback nationally by ESPN... an honorable mention all-state selection... chosen first team all-district, all-county and all-area... made 55 tackles as a senior with three interceptions, five sacks, seven pass deflections, four blocked field goals, three forced fumbles, and a blocked punt... helped lead his team to a 12-2 record and the third round of the state playoffs... ran a 4.5 40-yard dash... coached by Bill Kramer... parents are Viergila and Macule Petit-Jean... born January 30, 1989... chose Wake Forest over Florida Atlantic, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
"Wow! Junior is the total package in terms of scholarship, citizenship and athleticism. He is certainly the hybrid player that the NFL is looking for." -- Naples coach Bill Kramer
Named first team All-Southwest Florida... first team all-district and first team all-conference... had a team-high 11 sacks for Naples as a senior to go with 68 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 13 pressures, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries... helped lead his team to a 12-2 record and the third round of the state playoffs... began playing football as a sophomore in high school... moved from Haiti to the United States in 2004 to live with his father... coached by Bill Kramer... father is Jean Orange... mother is Geronne Orange who still lives in Haiti... has a brother, Salmont who came to the United States in 1998... born March 10, 1989... Chose Wake Forest over Colorado, Florida International and Indiana.
"It's just great, him and Junior being able to go together and play for the ACC Champions and the national coach of the year. It's a great opportunity for them." -- Naples coach Bill Kramer
Rated as the 17th-best all-purpose back by Rivals, the 20th-best running back by ESPN and the 97th-best running back by Scout... the Lou Groza High School Award winner as the best player in Palm Beach County... all-area player of the year... first team all-conference and all-area... a three-year starter on an explosive offense that averaged more than 30 points per game during his senior year... rushed for 3,425 yards in three seasons at Royal Palm Beach High School... rushed for 1,500 yards as a senior on 150 carries with 18 touchdowns... helped his team post a 10-2 record as a senior and reach the state playoffs... rushed for 950 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and 975 yards in seven games as a sophomore... ran a 4.4 40-yard dash... squated 525 and benched 320 pounds... coached by Eric Patterson... father is Lonnie Pendergrass and stepmom is Jameseena Pendergrass... born February 21, 1989... chose Wake Forest over Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Duke.
"He has great versatility. He can run inside and outside, and he can catch the ball. He has nice, soft hands and is a good receiver. He's strong and he's shifty. He's an all-around back. He is just a great kid, one you love to coach. He is humble, he works hard and he is a student of the game." -- Royal Palm Beach coach Eric Patterson
Ranked by Scout.com as the 30th-best quarterback nationally and the best in Ohio... listed as the 59th-best quarterback nationally by ESPN... ranked as a top-50 athlete by Scout... 2006 Butler County Player of the Year... selected to the Ohio North vs. South All-Star game... holds every Middletown and GMC passing record... led Middletown to a 6-4 record as a senior... completed 59 percent of his passes as a senior... threw for 2,046 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions... rushed for 447 yards and six scores... threw for 1,974 yards as a junior on 48 percent passing with 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions... carried for 630 yards and eight touchdowns that season... ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the Nike Combine, the fastest time among 585 student-athletes at that event in summer 2006... has a 35-inch vertical leap.. won the Ohio State High School 300-yard hurdles in a time of 36.94 seconds... a member of Middletown's third-place 4x200-yard relay team... through the years, 49 players from his high school have gone on to play at Ohio State... coached by Ron Johnson... mother is Sheila Jones... born February 3, 1989... chose Wake Forest over Kansas State, Marshall, Maryland, Purdue, Tennessee and West Virginia.
"Skylar is a rare athletic talent and an exceptional student. His greatest attribute is pride. He is intelligent enough to know right from wrong and disciplined enough to always do what's right. Skylar will excite Deacon fans and will always make them proud." -- Middletown coach Ron Johnson
Ranked by ESPN as the 124th-best wide receiver nationally... the Anderson Independent-Mail Player of the Year... represented South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl... led his team to a 9-3 record as a senior... caught 28 passes for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns... had 83 tackles, 10 for a loss, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, an interception and four defensive touchdowns... as a junior, caught 38 passes for 822 yards... named a Carolina Panthers Community Captain for excellence in the classroom, in the community and on the field... a Dean's List student... ran a 4.6 40-yard dash... coached by Scott Parker... born December 16, 1988... Chose Wake Forest over NC State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
"Cameron Ford is an outstanding young man blessed with exceptional talent. Cameron excels in everything he does. We feel he will make an impact at Wake Forest quickly and look forward to watching this young man help Wake Forest secure another ACC title in the near future." -- Hanna coach Scott Parker
Named first team 5A all district, second team on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team and second team academic all state... went his entire senior year without giving up a sack... anchored the offensive line at Heritage High School, which only gave up four sacks on 523 passes in 14 games in 2006... led Heritage to a 10-4 record and reached the state quarterfinals before losing to the eventual state champions... a two-year starter at left tackle for Heritage... coached by Chris Cunningham... mother is Peggy Johnson... born August 27, 1988... Chose Wake Forest over BYU, Colorado, Houston, Rice, Tulsa and Utah.
"They're getting a kid that could help them out anywhere along the offensive line. He played offensive tackle for us and did a great job there with tremendous feet and speed. He's an athlete and is versatile enough to go from tackle down to center. They are also getting a great kid of character. He's a top student and has everything you look for in a young man. Ryan is a recruit they can build a winning program with." -- Heritage coach Chris Cunningham
Listed as the 61st-best safety by ESPN... second team All-State Florida 5A... a 2006 Class 5A all-state team selection... a two-time all-district selection... played in the North-South all-star game... made six interceptions for the Pirates as a senior... caught 24 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns... helped lead Palm Bay to a 10-2 record and the round of 16 in the state playoffs... led Brevard County in 2006 with nine interceptions and a 20.5 yard punt return average... played quarterback and safety as a sophomore when he rushed for six touchdowns and intercepted four passes... ran a 4.4 40-yard dash... owned a 35-inch vertical leap... the 2006 Palm Bay track athlete of the year... coached by Dan Burke... parents are Rufus and Jorosylan Williams... born November 17, 1988... chose Wake Forest over Arizona State, Florida State, UCF and UCLA.
"Mike has the one thing you can't coach, speed. He made plays on both sides of the ball for us this past year and is dangerous as a return man." -- Palm Bay coach Dan Burke
The Davidson County Defensive Player of the Year in 2006... a three-time all-conference selection and two-time all-county pick... amassed more than 3,200 career all-purpose yards... threw for 676 yards as a senior, rushed for 642 yards and averaged 44.9 yards on 11 kickoff returns... intercepted six passes as a senior for the Green Dragons... played wide receiver and safety for most of his career at West Davidson... moved to quarterback on offense for his senior year and led his team to an 8-4 record... helped lead his high school team into the North Carolina 1-A playoffs... tore his ACL as a sophomore, but played through the injury... ran a 4.45 40-yard dash... coached by Dale Barnes... an all-conference baseball player as a junior... born March 6, 1989... chose Wake Forest over Appalachian State, East Carolina, James Madison and North Carolina.
"We are very proud of what Joshua has accomplished during his time at West Davidson High School. He has overcome a serious knee injury to have one of the best athletic careers in the history of our school. Joshua is a first class young man that will continue to make us proud and he will be a great addition to the Wake Forest family." -- West Davidson coach Dale Barnes
A first team all-state selection... the region 2-5A offensive lineman of the year... first team All-Region 2-5A... first team PrepXtra... first team Knoxville Football League... the Knoxville News Sentinel Character athlete of the week... benched 350 and squated 500 pounds... coached by Eddie Courtney... comes from the same high school that produced All-ACC lineman Tyson Clabo, now with the Atlanta Falcons... recipient of the student-athlete merit award for having a grade point average of higher than 3.5... parents are Dan and Becky Hoag... born January 23, 1989... Chose Wake Forest over Vanderbilt.
"Michael has a great work ethic. He was our leader on this year's team. Wake is a good fit for him. We are hoping he can contribute like Tyson Clabo did." -- Farragut coach Eddie Courtney
The leading defensive votegetter on the Associated Press' All-North Carolina first team... named the 2006 North Piedmont Conference and Rowan County Defensive Player of the Year... a three-time all-conference selection... a two-time all-county pick... selected to play in the 2006 Shrine Bowl... named the Charlotte Observer's first team... played defensive end in high school... led the Falcons to a perfect record in the North Piedmont League, an 11-2 season and the state playoffs... had 134 tackles as a senior with 24 sacks, 66 quarterback pressures, 40 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, two tipped passes, two blocked punts and an interception return for a touchdown... totaled 70 tackles as a junior with 32 quarterback hurries, 14 sacks and an interception... led West Rowan to a 13-1 record in 2005 and the second round of the state playoffs... ran a 4.7 40-yard dash... coached by Scott Young... mother is Bridgette Yokley... born July 13, 1989... Chose Wake Forest over Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Ole Miss, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
"Tristan is a very physical and explosive player. That is his strength. We are very excited about Tristan joining the Wake Forest program. We feel like he is going to a first-class program, and Wake Forest in return is getting a fine young man." -- West Rowan coach Scott Young
Ranked as the 19th-best outside linebacker by ESPN... rated as the 88th-best safety nationally by Scout... ranked as Georgia's 49th-best prospect... named to the Gwinnett County Super 11... once named the Atlanta Journal Constitution Defensive Player of the Week... had 81 tackles and two sacks as a senior... made 79 tackles as a junior... ran a 4.47 40-yard dash... owned a 37-inch vertical leap... a sprinter on the track team who ran the 100-meter dash in 10.68 and the 200-meter in 21.9... coached by Reggie Perry... parents are Amelia and Kelvin Quarles... born April 6, 1989... Chose Wake Forest over Kentucky and UAB.
"A tremendous athlete whose talents have yet to be tapped. Look for big things from Cyhl. I would not be surprised to see him playing on Sundays in the NFL." -- Meadowcreek coach Reggie Perry
Rated by Rivals as the nation's 37th-best defensive end... listed as the 89th-best player in Florida by Rivals... first team All-Central Florida... first team All-Orange County... first team All-Metro Conference... named to the Central Florida All-Star Game... Florida Class 6A All-State third team... helped his team to an 8-2 record as a senior... had 55 tackles as a junior with 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, a fumble recovery... ran a 4.68 40-yard time... squated 400 pounds, benched 290 and had a 31-inch vertical leap... coached by Rick Darlington... also partcipated on the weightlifting and wrestling teams... parents are Judith and Darryl Wilber... born April 26, 1989... chose Wake Forest over Central Florida, Colorado State, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska and Wisconsin...
"Kyle has a great motor as a DE and is extremely coachable. We will miss him at Apopka" -- Apopka coach Rick Darlington
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