2017 Signing Day: Live Updates

Feb. 1, 2017

Signing Day Central

This page will be updated throughout the day with detailed information and videos on each signee as he signs his National Letter of Intent.


8:39 a.m.There it is! Waydale Jones, a wide receiver out of Beeville, Texas, is the 20th and final recruit of the 2017 signing class.

Waydale Jones • WR • 6-4 • 185 • Beeville, TX (Jones)

Team captain ... A 3-star prospect ranked among the top 150 wide receivers in the nation by Scout and 247 ... Considered the No. 28 WR in Texas ... First team all-state Class 4A by the Associated Press ... Was unanimously selected MVP of District 15-4A ... Named first team all-area by the Victoria, TX Advocate . . .Named mySouTex.com offensive MVP as a senior ... Became the first player to win mySouTex.com MVP awards in two different sports as he was the basketball MVP in 2015-16 ... MaxPreps second team All-American selection ... Helped lead the Trojans to a 9-3 record and district and bi-district titles as a senior ... Broke every school receiving record in 2016 ... Was ranked in the top five nationally with 120 receptions, 1,979 yards and 30 touchdown catches ... Caught at least three touchdown passes in eight games as a senior ... Had a pair of four-TD games and four games of 200 or more receiving yards ... Had 11 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Ingleside ... Over his final two seasons, caught 173 passes for 2,879 yards and 40 touchdowns ... Played for Coach Jerry Bomar ... Son of Skip and Debra Jones ... Born Dec. 14, 1998 ... Two-year member of the National Honor Society ... Academic All-State selection.

8:12 a.m. Zach Tom has his paperwork in and he is the newest Demon Deacon! He is the fifth offensive lineman in the 2017 class.

Zach Tom • OL • 6-4 • 280 • Prairieville, LA (Catholic)

Listed as a 3-star prospect by Scout, ESPN and 247 ... Considered the No. 86 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN ... Listed as the No. 3 offensive tackle in the Louisiana by Scout ... First team all-state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... First team All-District 5-5A ... First Team Class 4A-56A All-Metro pick as a senior ... Helped Catholic to an unbeaten regular season in 2016 ... Led the way for an offense that averaged 313 yards and 31.5 points per game ... Played for Coach Dale Weiner ... Took third in the state in the shot put as a junior ... Son of Vanessa and Michael Tom ... Born March 26, 1999 ... Member of National Honor Society ... Earned Academic Letters as a freshman, sophomore, and junior ... Brother Cameron was a four-year starter on the offensive line at Southern Miss.

8:06 a.m.Back-to-back linebackers are signed as D.J. Taylor, a linebacker out of Belvidere, Tennessee, is officially a Demon Deacon.

D.J. Taylor • LB • 6-1 • 225 • Belvidere, TN (Huntland)

Team captain ... Consensus 3-star rating from ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout ... Rated the No. 63 OLB nationally by 247 ... The No. 2 OLB in Tennessee as ranked by Scout ... First team all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association in Class 1A ... Selected for the East-West All-Star Game ... Named a semifinalist for Tennessee Mr. Football ... Three-time all-region selection ... Region 4A Most Valuable Back in 2015 ... Named All-Mid-State and All-Lakeaway Area ... Rushed for 2,162 yards and 30 touchdowns on 261 carries as a senior ... Finished his career as Huntland's all-time rushing leader with 5,131 rushing yards and 70 touchdowns ... Collected 69 tackles on defense ... Four-year letterwinner for Coach Bob Robertson ... Full name is Dacorian Jayvon Taylor ... Son of Lynette Taylor and Calvin Ward ... Born Sept. 29, 1999.

8:05 a.m.Another in-state player signs an NLI with Wake Forest! Chase Monroe out of Davidson Day, the same high school as Cade Carney.

Chase Monroe • LB • 6-2 • 220 • Huntersville, NC (Davidson Day)

Team captain ... 3-star prospect by all major recruiting services ... 247 rates him the #23 linebacker in the nation and the top LB in the state ... Rated the No. 23 prospect in the state by the Fayetteville Observer ... Named the state defensive player of the year by USA Today and the Charlotte Observer ... Three-time all-state selection ... Member of WSOC's Big 22 in 2016 ... Finished his senior season with 204 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 10 sacks along with four forced fumbles ... Set school records with 36 tackles in a game and 597 career tackles ... As a junior, led the team with 129 tackles ... Played for head coach Chad Grier ... The Patriots beat Charlotte Latin 31-13 to win the 2015 NCSIAA Division I state championship ... HS teammate of Cade Carney ... Had an interception and 49-yard return in the state title game in 2015 ... Was eighth in the discus with a personal-record throw of 112-2.5' at state meet ... Full name is Matthew Chase Monroe ... Son of Sondra Monroe and Matt Monroe ... Stepmother is Lindsay Monroe ... Born Sept. 10, 1998.

8:01Make that two players at the same time! Sage Surratt is seconds behind Simon and is the latest player to join the Demon Deacons.

Sage Surratt • WR • 6-3 • 200 • Lincolnton, NC (Lincolnton)

Team captain ... 3-star prospect by 247 and Scout ... Ranked 98th nationally at WR by ESPN ... Named a Parade All-American ... Two-time first team Associated Press all-state selection ... Named first team all-state by USA Today and NC Preps ... State Offensive Player of the Year by Associated Press ... Offensive Player of the Year by the Gaston Gazette ... As a senior, set state records with 129 receptions, 2,104 yards and 28 touchdowns ... Returned two interceptions for touchdowns for a total of 30 scores in 2016 ... Set the state record for career receiving with 366 receptions, 5,924 yards and 80 touchdowns ... Earned all-conference honors in all four seasons in both football and basketball ... Played for Coach Ledford Gibson at Lincolnton ... Three-time MaxPreps All-American in football and basketball ... Helped East Lincoln HS to the 2014 2A state championship in football ... Also plays basketball where he was a 2,500-point scorer in high school and tallied over 50 points three times as a senior including a career-high 57 points ... That scoring outburst landed him on the USA Today's All-USA Performance list ... Is Lincoln County's all-time scoring leader ... All-state basketball player by Associated Press, USA Today, NC Preps and NCBA ... Named the most outstanding player in the 2A state title game in 2015 and 2016 ... Son of Brandi and Kevin Surratt ... Born April 13, 1998 ... Named the Wendy's High School Heisman winner for North Carolina ... Ranked third in his class ... Member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club ... Brother, Chazz, just finished his freshman year as a quarterback at North Carolina.

8:01 a.m.Troy Simon is officially a Deac! Two-straight players from Georgia sign NLIs to join Wake Forest.

Troy Simon • CB • 6-0 • 190 • Alpharetta, GA (Milton)

Team captain ... Consensus 3-star recruit ... Ranked as the No. 75 safety nationally by ESPN ... The No. 13 corner in Georgia by Scout ... Was the defensive back MVP of the Nike Opening in 2016 ... Named first team All-North Fulton by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Helped Milton to regional titles in 2014 and 2015 ... Four-year letterman for Coach Howie DeCristofaro ... Had 75 tackles, three interceptions, 15 pass break-ups and a pair of fumble recoveries as a senior ... Son of Lashawn and Troy Simon ... Born June 30, 1999.

7:55 a.m.Jeff Burley is in and ready to be a Deac! Burley becomes the second linebacker of the 2017 class.

Jeff Burley • LB • 6-2 • 225 • Jackson, GA (Jackson)

Team captain ... Consensus 3-star ranking for all major recruiting services ... Considered the No. 31 inside linebacker in the nation by 247 ... The No. 11 LB in Georgia and a top 100 recruit in the state by Scout ... First team all-state Class 3-A by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Region 4-3A Defensive Player of the Year and overall Player of the Year in 2016 ... Named to the Georgia Southeast Bowl All-Star game ... Named team MVP and earned the Red Devils' Leadership Award as both a junior and senior ... The Red Devils finished the year 8-4 and were listed in the state final Top 10 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Helped the team to a 9-3 record and a regional championship in 2015 ... Named all-region in 2015 ... Picked for the Georgia Junior Elite All-Star game in 2015 ... Team Rising Star award in 2014 as a sophomore ... . Four-year letterman for Coach Dary Myricks ... Also participates in basketball ... Son of Debra and Luther Burley ... Born Aug. 21, 1998 ... Two-year member of the honor roll.

7:50 a.m.Add Spencer Clapp to the list! The offensive lineman out of North Carolina is the third in-state product to sign with the Deacs.

Spencer Clapp • OL • 6-6 • 250 • Gibsonville, NC (Eastern Guilford)

First team all-state on the 3-A NCPreps.com team ... Named to the All-Area team by the Greensboro News-Record as a defensive tackle ... Also a dominating blocker on the offensive side ... Played for Coach Doug Robertson ... Two-time All-Mid State 3A selection ... Helped the Wildcats win their first Mid State 3A Conference championship and reach the Class 3AA state championship game in 2016 at BB&T Field ... Team went 15-1 and finished runner-up in the state playoffs ... Recorded four sacks in a win over Western Alamance ... Son of Lisa and Andy Clapp ... Born Jan. 9, 1999.

7:30 a.m.Mike Allen is in! The 4-star prospect and No. 169 ranked player in the country is joining the Deacs!

Mike Allen • DE • 6-5 • 245 • Sugar Hill, GA (Lanier)

Considered a 4-star prospect and the No. 169 player in the nation according to Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 23 defensive end in the South by Scout.com ... The No. 27 prospect in Georgia by Rivals ... Had offers from over 30 schools ... First team All-Region 8-6A ... First team All-Gwinnett County by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Selected to the Gwinnett County All-Star game and the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association state North-South All-Star game ... Played for Coach Korey Mobbs ... As a senior, had 35 total tackles including six sacks and an interception ... Had 67 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two interceptions as a junior ... Helped the Longhorns to regional titles in 2014 and 2015 ... Son of Bridgette Garnier ... Father is Michael Allen and stepfather is Lionel Garnier ... Born May 16, 1999.

7:27 a.m. Tyler Williams is the latest signee. The defensive tackle out of West Palm Beach is the first defensive lineman in the 2017 signing class.

Tyler Williams • DT • 6-1 • 310 • West Palm Beach, FL (Oxbridge Academy)

Team captain ... Consensus 3-star recruit ... ESPN rates him the No. 70 defensive tackle in the nation ... Ranked the No. 12 defensive tackle in Florida by Scout ... Won the Lou Groza Award as Palm Beach County's Player of the Year in 2016 ... Named the All-Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Palm Beach Post ... Member of CBS MaxPreps Small Schools All-American Football Team ... Made 38 total tackles and 19 tackles for loss with four sacks and two forced fumbles ... Helped Oxbridge Academy to a 10-2 record and the state 3-A semifinals ... Three-year letterman for Coach Brendan Kent ... Son of Tyeisha Rousseau ... Stepfather is Hydn Rousseau and father is Rodney Williams ... Born Aug. 11, 1999.

7:25 a.m.Allan Rappleyea is signed to join the Demon Deacons! The offensive lineman out of New York is the third offensive lineman of the signing class.

Allan Rappleyea • OL • 6-5 • 275 • Millbrook, NY (Milton Academy)

Team captain ... 3-star prospect by 247, ESPN and Scout ... Considered the No. 1 offensive guard in Massachusetts by Scout ... Top 100 pick nationally by Scout and ESPN ... Named to the USA Today All-USA Massachusetts first team ... Earned All-Scholastic first team honors from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Patriot Ledger ... First team All-New England and Lineman of the Year by New England Preparatory School Athletics Council ... Named Independent School League (ISL) All League First Team and Lineman of the Year ... Earned Mass. Prep. Stars Gridiron Super Team first team in 2015 ... Played for Coach Kevin MacDonald ... Son of Kirsten and Allan Rappleyea ... Born Nov. 15, 1997.

7:25 a.m.Jaquarii Roberson is officially a Deac! The Wide Receiver out of Murfreesboro is the second player from the state of North Carolina to join Wake Forest.

Jaquarii Roberson • WR • 6-1 • 165 • Murfreesboro, NC (Hertford County)

Team captain ... A consensus 3-star prospect ... Rated the No. 211 WR nationally by 247Sports ... Considered the No. 5 receiver in North Carolina ... NCPreps 2A All-State first team selection ... Led the Bears to a conference championship and the third round of the state playoffs ... Three-year letterman for Coach Terrance Saxby ... Finished his senior season with 76 receptions, 1,370 yards and 15 touchdowns ... Twice named All-Northeastern Coastal 2A Conference ... As a junior, set school record with 66 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns ... As a sophomore, made 30 receptions for 595 yards and nine touchdowns in just eight games ... Also an outstanding basketball player ... Named all-district in basketball as both a sophomore and junior ... Averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior ... Son of Satoya Powell and the late Paul N. Roberson, Jr. ... Born July 29, 1998.

7:22 a.m.Tyriq Hardimon is the next Demon Deacon to sign this morning. Another player on the defensive side of the ball is set to join Wake Forest!

Tyriq Hardimon • DB • 6-0 • 190 • Marietta, GA (Lassiter)

Team captain ... Consensus 3-star recruit ... Rated the No. 60 safety in the nation by Rivals ... Considered the No. 13 safety in Georgia by Scout ... Member of the Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen college prospects ... Earned first team all-region, first team all-county honors as a senior ... Had 50 tackles and one interception for the Trojans who went 6-5 and reached the first round of the 6-A state playoffs ... Had 60 tackles and an interception as a junior ... Four-year letterman for Coach Jep Irwin ... Son of Cassandra and Edmund Hardimon ... Born Oct. 23, 1998.

7:18 a.m.We have our quarterback! Tayvone Bowers, out of Harrisburg is officially a Deac.

Tayvone Bowers • QB • 6-1 • 220 • Harrisburg, PA (Bishop McDevitt)

Team captain ... Rated as the No. 1 quarterback in Pennsylvania by Scout ... Ranked as the No. 21 dual-threat quarterback by ESPN.com and No. 24 by 247Sports ... Three-star prospect from ESPN, 247 and Scout ... First team all-state pick as a junior ... Threw for 1,545 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior while rushing for six scores. . . Completed 233 passes for 3,576 yards and 42 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a junior ... Rushed 93 times for 395 yards and three touchdowns ... Played for Coach Jeff Weachter ... Son of Jennifer Wilkerson ... Born Dec. 3, 1998 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... QB coach at Bishop McDevitt was Matt Johnson, a Bowling Green QB who excelled under the direction of offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero ... Nephew of Troy Drayton who played at Penn State in and in the NFL.

7:18 a.m.Loic Nya is the second-straight offensive lineman to join the Deacs! The signing class is up to six and we are less than 30 minutes into signing day!

Loic Nya • OL • 6-3 • 290 • Silver Spring, MD (Springbrook)

Team captain ... Received 3 stars from Scout and was ranked the No. 73 offensive guard in the nation ... Considered the No. 2 guard in Maryland by Scout ... Selected to the Big 33 All-Star game ... A two-way lineman who will focus on offense at Wake Forest ... Member of Team Maryland Elite 100 as a defensive tackle ... Named first team defensive tackle on the All-Sentinel team ... Earned first team all-county and first team all-division on the defensive line ... Selected to the Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star game ... Played for Coach Jason Lomax ... Had 54 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 10 sacks ... On offense, played every snap for all 10 games ... Native of Cameroon who moved to Maryland in 2012 ... Played just three years of football ... Played lacrosse as a freshman before joining the football team as a sophomore ... Has continued to play lacrosse ... Four-year member of the honor roll and three-year member of the French Honor Society ... Son of Dorette and Maurice Nya ... Born Dec. 4, 1999.

7:15 a.m.Sean Maginn is the first offensive player for Wake Forest this morning! Maginn, an offensive lineman, comes to Wake Forest from North Gwinnett high school in Suwanee, Georgia.

Sean Maginn • OL • 6-3 • 260 • Suwanee, GA (North Gwinnett)

Ranked as the No. 115 offensive guard nationally by ESPN ... Second team All-Region 6-7A on the offensive line in 2016 ... Named to the All-Gwinnett Football team ... Helped the team to regional titles in 2013 and 2014 and a state runner-up finish in 2013 ... Four-year letterman for Coach Bob Sphire ... Played left tackle as a junior and left guard as a senior ... Also a member of the wrestling team ... Son of Kevin and Laura Maginn ... Born Feb. 17, 1999.

7:12 a.m. Coby Davis makes it three-straight defensive players to join Wake Forest this morning! Coby is a defensive back out of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Coby Davis • DB • 5-11 • 185 • Upper Marlboro, MD (Maret School)

Team captain ... A 3-star prospect by 247 ... Considered the No. 11 recruit in D.C. in 2016 ... Four-time All-Mid-Atlantic Conference selection at defensive back ... First team All-USA Today for the District of Columbia ... Second team All-Met pick in 2016 by the Washington Post ... Member of the Elite 100 and a finalist for Team Maryland ... Four-year letterman for Coach Mike Engelberg ... Helped the Frogs win one Mid-Atlantic Conference championship and one DCSAA title (2016) ... Returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the DC State Athletic Association Class A championship game ... Team finished the year 12-0 ... Had six interceptions and totaled 15 touchdowns as a two-way player in 2015 ... Also a double-digit scorer in basketball and high jumper in track ... Son of Niki and Ross Allen ... Born Dec. 19, 1998. 7:10 a.m.Add another one to the defense! Jake Simpson, a linebacker out of Buford, Georgia is officially a Demon Deacon.

Jake Simpson • LB • 6-0 • 210 • Buford, GA (Buford)

Team captain ... 3-star prospect by 247 and ESPN ... Rated as the No. 79 linebacker in the nation by ESPN ... First team all-region in both 2015 and 2016 ... Honorable mention all-state class 5-A by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Helped the Wolves to three straight state championship games from 2013 through 2015 ... Won one state title and finished second twice ... . As a senior, collected 103 tackles, five tackles for loss, nine QB pressures, three sacks, an interception and five pass break-ups ... Had 18 receptions for 270 yards and two touchdowns on offense ... Had 97 tackles on the season in 2015 ... Honorable mention all-county selection as a junior ... Played for his father, Jess, at Buford High School ... His father recently became the defensive line coach at Georgia State ... Brother, Cooper, just finished freshman year at Army West Point ... Son of Tricia and Jess Simpson ... Born Sept. 17, 1998 ... Participated in IDEALS Leadership school ... Member of the A Honor Roll all throughout high school.

7:08 a.m.The first NLI of the morning is in! Ja'Sir Taylor is the newest Demon Deacon out of Ashbury Park, New Jersey.

Ja'Sir Taylor • DB • 5-10 • 165 • Asbury Park, NJ (Brick Township)

Rated the No. 146 athlete nationally by 247 ... Ranked No. 2 on the Super 60 Shore Conference recruits by the Burlington (NJ) Free Press ... Earned all-conference honors in 2016 ... Was the Green Dragons' top rusher as a senior with 544 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Led Brick Township to the 2013 Central Jersey Group 4 State Championship and a runner-up finish in 2016 ... Also a track standout ... Four-year letterwinner for Rob Dahl and Len Zdanowicz ... Son of Aja Braxton and Johnnie Taylor ... Born Jan. 8, 1999. Early Enrollee Christian Beal is already on campus as an early enrollee! Christian is the No. 2 running back in the state and was named the 4-A Conference Offensive Player of the Year this past year.

Christian Beal • RB • 5-10 • 175 • Kernersville, NC (East Forsyth)

Team captain ... Enrolled at Wake Forest in January, 2017 ... Ranked as the No. 2 running back in the state by Scout and is a consensus three-star prospect by Scout, Rivals and 247 ... Rated the No. 34 running back in the South by Scout ... Ranked as the 27th best prospect in North Carolina by the Fayetteville Observer ... Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 17 all-purpose back in the country ... Represented North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in December, 2016 ... Three-time All-Northwest selection by the Winston-Salem Journal ... Named the Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... Three-time all-conference pick ... Rushed for 1,525 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior ... Averaged 6.7 yards per carry on 227 attempts ... Ran for six touchdowns in a 2016 win over Northwest Guilford ... Helped the Eagles to three consecutive conference championships ... Four-year letterman ... A versatile playmaker who saw action at six different positions while playing for Coach Todd Willert at East Forsyth ... Helped lead the Eagles deep into the state playoffs in each of the past two seasons ... Broke onto the varsity team as a freshman as he compiled 657 rushing yards on 97 carries and five touchdowns ... Add 25 receptions for 365 yards and three scores ... Rushed for 1,269 yards as a sophomore on 144 carries ... Add 37 receptions for 614 yards and three touchdowns ... Had 2,223 all-purpose yards and 23 total touchdowns ... Had 261 kickoff return yards and 79 yards on punt returns ... As a junior, carried 186 times for 1,659 yards and 23 scores ... Add 338 yards on receptions, 121 kickoff return yards and 69 punt return yards ... Competes in all the dash events at 400 yards and shorter in track ... Son of Nikia Beal and Robbin Smith ... Born March 6, 1999.

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