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2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

The 2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.

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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Recruiting Class Overview

The Demon Deacons have to recruit to a type – a very smart type – and it’s always going to have issues finding top-shelf talents who have what it takes to handle the school, much less want to go to a different sort of ACC football program. Even so, it’s been an okay class of national talents – Wake Forest has to think outside the box, and the area – with a variety of decent talents including guards Allan Rappleyea and Loci Nya for the inside of the O line, and linebackers Chase Monroe and D.J. Taylor two good prospects who had other options.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons Class Is Heavy On …

Linebackers. The coaching staff got four safety-sized players who can run. Give them a few years to hit the weights and grow into their respective frames, and they’ve got the potential to be the foundation for the future of the defense. Monroe has the biggest upside of the lot, but this is a good overall group.

The Star of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Class Is …

DE Michael Allen, 6-6, 240, Buford, GA – Alabama was into him. So was USC, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, and several others, but Allen committed to Wake Forest early on in the process. Out of central casting in terms of what a high school defensive end prospect should look like, he’s got the length and the frame to work at around 260 pounds without any sort of problem, but the key is his speed. He’s a pass rusher who’ll live behind the line.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Linebacker. Losing fourth-leading tackler CB Brad Watson from the secondary doesn’t help, and Ryan Janvion’s 46 tackles are gone, too. The linebackers are the biggest concern on the defensive front seven with Marquel Lee gone from the middle and Thomas Brown gone from the outside. These two combined for 170 tackles and 28.5 tackles for loss will be tough to replace, especially with interior pass rusher Josh Banks done on the line.