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Wake Forest Football Recruiting: Looking at 2013 Class


National Signing Day 2013 is now done and away with, so it’s time to take a look at the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2013 recruiting class that is made up of exactly 25 members and is rated as one of the top 75 classes overall (73 by the 247Composite) and 11th in the ACC.

Wake Forest’s best recruit was a relatively recent commit who signed his LOI yesterday in Clearwater safety Michael Stevenson. The elite coverage guy is a three-star prospect who is one of four WF recruits to be ranked in the top 1000 nationally. The others are Dezmond Wortham, Mariette Georgia wide receiver Tyree Harris, and former four-star center out of Georgia Cory Helms. I’m a huge Helms fan and love his strength and prowess in pass protection, and I think he was a terrific relatively early commitment for the Demon Deacons to land.

Harris is 6’2″, 180 pounds and had his recruitment down to Wake Forest and an SEC school in Mississippi State. After the Deacs won his services, the Miami Hurricanes tried to enter the equation with a late offer but didn’t get anything going. Harris visited Wake Forest three times in the summer and had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, UCF, Missouri, Syracuse, and Florida International in his recruitment as well.

Alief Taylor WDE Duke Ejiofor is a talented and underrated pass rusher out of Texas who is another headliner for the Wake Forest class of just two and three star recruits, and Ejiofor was flipped from Rice very recently (27th of January) after being committed to the school since mid-August. He was offered by Wake Forest ten days before he committed to the Deacs (17th) and officially visited Winston-Salem two days before he made the call to go to Wake Forest. He is the 61st ranked weak-side defensive end in the 247Composite.

Overall, Wake Forest has 19 three-star commitments and six two-star commits with three early enrollees in three-star defensive tackle James Looney, three-star Maryland OLB Marquel Lee, and a three-star recruit out of Memphis in ILB Ford Howell who is one of the top 25 recruits in the state of Tennessee in the 2013 class.

Miami OLB Wendell Dunn is the last guy in the class I want to highlight, and the 6’3″, 210 pound OLB is the 150th ranked recruit in the talent-rich state of Florida in the 247Composite. Dunn committed to Wake Forest in December and was flipped from in-state school UCF. He committed to UCF in late November, but the only school he officially visited was Wake back in late September. In-city school Miami showed plenty of interest by hosting him on three early unofficial visits, but they (and USF and WVU) never offered the three-star linebacker. Dunn, however, was offered by UConn and Boston College as well before settling on Wake Forest and signing with the North Carolina school yesterday.

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