Coming in at number 67 on our player countdown is defensive tackle Willie Yarbary. Willie is an incoming freshman out of The Academy of Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia. Yarbary was originally committed to play for Indiana University, but flipped his commitment just a few days prior to national signing day. He was rated as the 82nd best defensive end in the class according to 247's composite rankings. During his senior season he recorded 106 tackles and was named honorable mention all-state Class 4A.
Yarbary is a potential redshirt candidate, but will probably play due to depth purposes on the defensive line. Wake Forest is transitioning from a 3-4 defense to a 4-2-5, which provides more opportunities for someone at his position. When you add in the fact that Wake lost all three defensive line starters, it's very possible that Willie will play this season. Josh Banks and Johnny Garcia were the two starters during spring practice, but I believe Zeek Rodney and Tylor Harris could both compete for starting roles. Yarbary is a big body, and I think Clawson will have to end up using him just to get through the season. He's versatile and at 270 should be able to help the Deacs some this season. Clawson already has three defensive linemen committed for next season, so clearly he is working diligently to address the depth issues in the trenches.