We all know by now that Wake Forest is a unique school for football purposes and adheres to the longstanding policy of red-shirting the majority of its true freshmen in hopes that they will be as mature physically and mentally in their fifth year than they would be their freshman year. This system implemented by Jim Grobe and his staff has worked wonders in the past, and the Deacs have taken what should be a disadvantage recruiting-wise and turned it in to an advantage by appealing to guys that want to have five years academically and athletically at a top 25 institution.
One of the downsides to this, however, is that there is a long time from National Signing Day to the first game of the red-shirt freshman season. Instead of 6 months, it is usually 18 months. That provides a lot of time for players to realize that they don't fit into the system or for the team to do the same. From a fans perspective, it kind of makes us forget about who is actually supposed to contribute right away and who more of the long term projects are.
Fortunately this article is designed to look at the guys that are (or in some cases would have been) red-shirt freshman this year. There have been some departures that we will look at, and also highlight those expected to breakout and help the Deacs out from "Day One".
Click through the jump for a full list of the 2011 NSD list, as well as a look at who will help out this year
2011 NSD Signees (from WakeForestSports.com)
|NLI Arrived||Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||High School|
|7:06 am||Cody Preble||OL||6-5||315||Lake Worth, Fla.||Park Vista|
|7:55 am||Sherman Ragland III||WR||6-1||195||Durham, N.C.||Southern|
|8:15 am||Airyn Willis||WR||6-2||180||High Point, N.C.||Southwest Guilford|
|8:28 am||Hunter Goodwin||OT||6-4||285||Baltimore, Md.||Gilman School|
|8:38 am||Brandon Chubb||ILB||6-0||230||Powder Springs, Ga.||Hillgrove|
|9:59 am||Kevin Sousa||QB||6-3||230||Orlando, Fla.||Lake Nona|
|10:06 am||Andre Wiggins||OLB||6-2||200||San Antonio, Texas||James Madison|
|10:23 am||DeAndre Martin||RB||6-3||195||Hialeah, Fla.||Hialeah-Miami Lakes|
|10:33 am||Desmond Floyd||DE||6-5||235||Jonesville, S.C.||Union County|
|11:26 am||Godspower Offor||DE||6-2||220||Hialeah, Fla.||American Senior|
|11:28 am||Orville Reynolds||RB||5-8||175||Coral Springs, Fla.||Stoneman Douglas|
|11:32 am||Josh Hunt||OLB||6-1||210||Duncanville, Texas||Duncanville|
|11:35 am||Dylan Intemann||OG||6-5||300||Wake Forest, N.C.||Wake Forest-Rolesville|
|1:24 pm||Allen Ramsey||CB||5-11||175||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||Dillard|
First of all, let's take a look back at the 2011 NSD thread we had on BloggerSoDear. It's kind of cool to look back at our thoughts at that time on the players for the future and how we view them now. A couple of things from that thread stick out to me:
- It appears that Josh Grady, the QB/ATH that committed to Vanderbilt over Wake Forest, has been switched to a WR and will play at least somewhat of a role for the Commodores this year. He will be interesting to see when they visit Winston-Salem next year.
- Josh Hunt and Andre Wiggins are no longer listed on the Wake Forest roster, which is a shame because they were the only OLB's we signed in that class.
- There were a lot of switches both ways in that class. Ramsey (Maryland to Wake), Willis (GT to Wake), Harrell (Wake to GT -- perhaps a trade with Willis?), Sousa (Michigan to Wake), Harlos (Wake to Colorado), Hunt (Wake to North Texas to Wake). Hopefully the Deacs will come out on top with these switches. Time will tell.
This is not meant to downgrade or make anybody look bad, but realistically there are positions that we need more help with now and positions that we are set with upperclassmen for now. Just because somebody is in the final group does not mean they are any less talented than the first two groups, just that there may not be that PT there for them right now, or they need to work on some things before they are able to contribute for us.