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