Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Wake Forest Demon Deacon recruiting class.
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Head coach Dave Clawson was able to come up with a decent class. QB Sam Hartman turned out to be the key get last year – at least early on – but the talent this season’s class is stronger. It’s about par for the Wake Forest course. It’ll keep the current run of success going.
Wake Forest will never push for the top of the ACC recruiting rankings, but it needs to start getting the talent that Duke is able to bring in. They’re both small, private, smart schools, but the Blue Devils are doing a better job on the recruiting trail.
The pass catchers coming in are promising, but the defensive line and the pass rush are getting the stronger prospects. Shamar McCollum, Will Smart, and Isaiah Chaney need a few years in the weight room, but they’re the strength of the class.
Clawson hasn’t done too much for the running game. Only one true running back was brought on last season, and Kenneth Walker is only a mid-level prospect in this year’s class.
WR Nolan Groulx, get in there. The 5-11, 185-pounder joins McCollum as the best recruit for the Demon Deacons. There are already enough targets in place to be fine, but the more explosion, the better.
Groulx might be the best of the good receivers coming in, but the 6-3, 200-pound Donavon Greene is a bigger option who was wanted by several ACC schools and Notre Dame, but could become the sleeper in the class.
Last year’s line was light on the defensive line with just two linemen coming in. This year’s class took care of that.
It’s asking a lot for any new recruit to play a role right away on the O line, but the Demon Deacons need help in the interior. Five were signed on last year, but none of them were considered big-time stars. This year, the offensive line was all but ignored.