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Wake football lags behind division rivals in recruiting

As we move into the middle of July recruiting is heating up for a lot of teams, but not quite the Demon Deacons yet. Is Wake Forest falling behind the 8 ball by not keeping up with their Atlantic Division counterparts? BSD takes a look at it.

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Wake Forest has never been a football recruiting powerhouse. The past few years the Deacs have managed to get out of the cellar of the ACC the past few years, it seems early on that the class of 2014 may once again end with Wake Forest looking up at most of their ACC counterparts.

A recent article on detailed the number of commits for each Atlantic Division team. Take a look at the numbers for the seven teams, the national rank will be in parentheses beside each team.

Here is a look at how the conference sorts out according to 247Sports so far:

The Chase for the Recruiting Champion powered by 247Composite

Team Total Five Star Four Star Three Star Avg Points
Florida StateFlorida State 18 1 9 7 89.17 235.93
MiamiMiami 20 1 5 13 87.13 229.43
3 ClemsonClemson 16 0 8 5 87.68 217.15
Virginia TechVirginia Tech 15 0 3 11 85.52 180.28
5 N.C. StateN.C. State 24 0 0 23 83.35 177.77
North CarolinaNorth Carolina 17 0 1 15 84.57 177.66
VirginiaVirginia 10 2 3 5 88.72 167.09
Boston CollegeBoston College 21 0 0 18 82.79 165.17
9 PittsburghPittsburgh 14 0 0 11 82.71 138.37
10 Georgia TechGeorgia Tech 11 0 0 11 83.89 128.31
11 DukeDuke 11 0 0 11 83.88 128.02
SyracuseSyracuse 9 0 1 6 83.01 106.05
MarylandMaryland 8 0 0 6 82.19 90.78
14 Wake ForestWake Forest 4 0 0 3 80.57 41.61

The chart shows that Wake Forest lags quite far behind even 13th place right now in the ACC.

Both Boston College and N.C. State have reaped huge dividends with their new coaches (Steve Addazio and Dave Doeren respectively) early on. Even Syracuse had a nice week under first year head coach Scott Shafer, adding a four-star wide receiver in K.J. Williams.

Clemson and Florida State are always going to compete at the top of the ACC recruiting-wise, and this year is no exception. Florida State stole a Booker T. Washington High four-star out of Miami's backyard and have moved to second nationally behind only Alabama. Clemson also grabbed a lineman out of rural Maryland to add to their haul for the 2014 class as well.

Maryland and Wake are lagging behind Syracuse for 13th and 14th place. The Terps picked up a few recruits at the end of June, while Wake signed RB Terence Ricks on June 20th.

As of right now Wake Forest has three three-stars and a two-star for only four commits. I am not as concerned about the quality of the recruits that we are getting, as I am the small quantity we have landed thus far.

BC and State are making big moves now due to their head coaches and that will likely calm down, but those guys are still going to be competing against the Deacs in a calendar year which is a bit troublesome with only four current commits.

The good news for Wake Forest is that QB Trace McSorley, a three-star, dual-threat QB out of Virginia, is down to Wake Forest, Boston College and Vanderbilt. All nine experts on 247Sports believe that McSorley will choose the Deacs and I feel confident that the Deacs will land this rising QB.

Normally I do not concern myself with the Deacs' recruiting because Coach Grobe has managed to do more with less. The past couple of years have proven difficult though for Wake to overcome injuries at skill positions. The redshirting system which has provided Wake with very good skill position players, but a lack of depth is no longer in place perhaps allowing for the Deacs to establish a foothold with players which they previously had not competed for.

With the announcement that freshmen will have just as good of a shot to play, I thought that might pay off a little bit on the recruiting trail. Up to this point it has not and the Deacs continue to fall behind the ret of the ACC.

While I do not believe it is time to be concerned yet, I am growing increasingly nervous about this recruiting class. It is a vital one to add to the talented pool of players that Coach Grobe and the staff brought in last year.