Here are the four defensive line recruits.
Rashawn Shaw - (6-3/240) Fort Pierce Central (Florida)
Rashawn Shaw is the recruit who really got the momentum going for Wake Forest when he flipped his commitment from Louisville to Wake Forest. Shaw was named 1st-team all-state in Florida's Class 8A, which is about the highest level of competition of high school football in the country. In addition to being named 1st-team all-state, Shaw was also named all-area Defensive Player of the Year. It's easy to see why given his senior stats of 95 tackles, 17 sacks and 27 tackles for loss. Shaw had 28 sacks over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons. Shaw is a tremendous pickup for Wake Forest and could see immediate playing time this fall.
Isaiah "Zeek" Rodney - (6-1/265) South Pointe HS (South Carolina)
Zeek Rodney is another major pickup for the Deacs. The star defensive tackle chose Wake Forest over Boston College and Syracuse. Much like Shaw, it was critical for this staff to be able to beat out ACC opponents for prized recruits. Rodney has put up excellent numbers throughout the course of his high school career. As a sophomore, he accumulated 94 tackles and 17 tackles for loss. As a junior, the numbers rose to 26 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. His senior season he was dealing with hamstring issues, but he still recorded 82 tackles, 14 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. Due to the loss of all three starters on the defensive line, Rodney could play right away alongside Tylor Harris.
Chris Stewart - (6-3/245) Petal HS (Mississippi)
Chris Stewart (formerly Chris Knight) had more than 90 tackles during his senior season and was named to all-area and all-region teams. Stewart will most likely redshirt this season and should provide much needed depth for us as his career progresses. Stewart chose Wake Forest over Louisiana-Monroe.
Willie Yarbary - (6-2, 270) Richmond Academy (Georgia)
Yarbary is Wake Forest's most recent commitment and is a recent flip from Indiana University. Yarbary had more than 100 tackles and 9.5 sacks during his senior season and was named Region3-4A Defensive Player of the Year. Yarbary has a big frame and will enter college at an already well-built 270 pounds. With his frame he has the ability to add even more weight and could develop into a good run-stopper for us in his career. Like Stewart, I would expect Yarbary to redshirt, but he's one to keep an eye on down the line.