Alas, some football news to steer us away from ACC basketball grind. With National Signing Day just under a week away, the Wake Forest football program has its eyes set on several recruits for the Class of 2013. The Demon Deacons already have 24 commits-- including four in the past week--but still look to add a few more impact performers. We all know that Jim Grobe and his staff do not recruit based on rankings, instead looking for players who can be groomed into the system after a redshirt season. But with the seventh best class in the ACC according to Rivals, this has the makings of Wake's best recruiting class in quite some time.
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Here's a breakdown of the Demon Deacons' commits from a week ago and who the Deacs are interested in.
DeaconsIllustrated.com - Stubblefield replaces Galloway
Wake Forest has hired New Mexico's wide receiver coach Taylor Stubblefield to fill the same position and replace Lonnie Galloway. The former All-American receiver at Purdue finished second in Big Ten history with 3,629 receiving yards. He played in the NFL with the Panthers and Rams.
Armstrong commits to Wake
Speedster John Armstrong committed to the Deacs during his official visit over the weekend. Armstrong, who runs a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, is expect to contribute as a slot receiver, and running back in the Wildcat, which is how he was employed at Olympia High School in Florida.
Ejiofor: “I'm all in”
Defensive end Duke Ejiofor make his commitment official at breakfast with Jim Grobe and assistant Dexter Jackson. Ejiofor possesses the speed and versatility to play hybrid outside linebacker, as well.
Lee off to strong start
Linebacker Marquel Lee is among three players from the 2013 class who graduated from high school in December and arrived on campus a semester early.
Wake pushes for Ceesay
The Deacs like what they see from UPenn commit Solo Ceesay. The defensive end remains committed to the Quakers, but will visit Wake to see what the program has to offer.
70-yard field goal - YouTube
Little information is published about recently committed kicker Mike Weaver from Elmira, New York. Though, I did find this video he posted on YouTube. Consistent or not, he has a boot!
Dothan linebacker Julian Thomas commits to Wake Forest - Dothan Eagle: High School
The Deacs went outside their usual recruiting grounds to pick up outside linebacker Julian Thomas-Jackson from Alabama. He entered the recruiting conversation late, but his physicality and strength proved enough for Coach Dexter Jackson to make a scholarship offer.
Jaylen Miller - Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN
The prized defensive end from South Carolina has been on the Deacs radar for over a year. He had a tremendous visit in Knoxville last week. He comes to Winston-Salem this weekend for his final visit. Can the Deacs reel in this stud, who will make an immediate impact?
Badet has Wake in his mix
Wide receiver Jeff Badet had a "good bond, relationship" with recently-departed Coach Lonnie Galloway, so it remains to be seen what kind of impact that will have on him. He is between Wake, NC State and Kentucky.
Scout.com: Calvin enjoys WFU official
Cornerback Cydney Calvin from Texas had a great visit in Winston-Salem several weeks back. The sub 4.5 speedster believes he can contribute right away for the Deacs. He has finished his official visits and is deciding between Wake and TCU.