Wake unveils biggest recruiting class under Grobe

Wake Forest hopes bigger is better when it comes to signing


The Demon Deacons announced the largest recruiting class of

coach Jim Grobe’s tenure there on Wednesday.

The 25-player class covers 12 states and virtually every

position on the field. Three of the players have already


The 13th-year coach calls it ”a big class for us” and it

eclipses the 23-player group he signed in 2003.

Scout.com rates the class as the 10th-best in the 14-team

Atlantic Coast Conference with 11 players receiving three stars and

none receiving four or five.

Among the biggest needs were offensive line and linebacker. The

Demon Deacons’ line was ravaged by injuries last season, a major

reason why Wake Forest’s offense ranked last in the ACC in scoring

offense and 11th in both total offense and rushing offense and why

the team finished 5-7 – its fourth straight losing record.

Grobe built the program on a foundation of patience and

redshirting nearly every freshman that stepped foot on campus, but

he admitted that he and his staff may have gone too far in that

direction last year. He said a handful of players who could have

helped the Demon Deacons in 2012 never saw the field, and sounded

like that won’t happen this year.

”One of the problems I think we got into was, we were probably

a little too cautious last year,” he said. ”We got halfway

through the season and weren’t going to waste a year of

eligibility. We’ll be a little more aggressive with these guys. …

I worry about the big guys playing right away, but we’re going to

look at them pretty hard.”

Among the highest-rated recruits were two players from

Alpharetta, Ga. – center Cory Helms and offensive tackle Josh

Harris – and 300-pound tackle Taylor Chambers of Columbia, S.C.

Wake Forest is also looking for some help at linebacker, and two

of the seven linebackers Grobe signed enrolled in January: Marquell

Lee of Pomfret, Md., and Ford Howell of Memphis, Tenn.

The Demon Deacons also signed some players with notable ties.

Nose guard James Looney is the younger brother of Joe Looney, a

former all-ACC guard at Wake Forest. Quarterback Michael Radford’s

father played for Grobe in the 1970s and `80s when he was on

Marshall’s staff. And Harris is the third player named Josh Harris

on the roster, joining the starting tailback and a walk-on

defensive back.