With National Signing Day almost in the books Dave Clawson and the rest of the Wake Forest football staff locked down 23 fresh faces for the class of 2015. The day generally passed without any major surprises as the Deacs received letters of intent from everyone they expected to and made it out of college recruiting's biggest day with the class fully intact. When wide receiver Alex Bachman submitted his letter at 11:06 A.M. from the east coast, Wake's day was essentially over as each of the members had their letters in beginning with Amari Henderson at 7:05 A.M.
Clawson's second class at Wake marks one of the best in the history of the program. Ranked 53rd in the nation by 24/7 Sports, the class consists of 20 three star players and as of Wednesday night ranked ahead of Boise State, Boston College, Iowa, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh among many others. The site ranks Wake as the 11th class of 14 in the ACC and within ten spots of Georgia Tech, Duke, and Virginia. This ranking is improved upon Clawson's first class by 12 spots (ranked 65th last year) and put the Demon Deacons above the 60th rank for the first time in the program's history.
On Rivals, the 2015 class is similarly rated as it comes in at a tie for 52nd with Rutgers. The class has 11 three stars and one of the first four stars in Wake recruiting history in QB Kyle Kearns out of California. Kearns, a pro style quarterback, chose Wake over a host of other big time schools who expressed interest including schools like Georgia, Texas, and home state school California. The Deacs ranked 11th of 14 schools in Rivals just as they did in 24/7's ranking system, ahead of Duke, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh. This class marked the highest ranking the Deacs have ever received on Rivals, seven spots ahead of Clawson's first class from last year, and six spots ahead of Grobe's final class which was ranked 58th in 2013. The move up to 52nd in the nation was a solid improvement from the 2011 and 2012 classes where Wake was 70th in both years.
The Deacons are still in the running for at least one more recruit as running back Matt Colburn out of South Carolina remains uncommitted following Louisville's decision to ask him to greyshirt. Colburn decommitted from Petrino and sought to go elsewhere. Wake is generally regarded to be in contention for the running back who was named Mr. South Carolina last season. Colburn should decide next Wednesday and also holds interest and offers from Old Dominion and Georgia Southern. Following the greyshirt request, Colburn's high school in Irmo, SC is no longer allowing Louisville to recruit on campus. This would be a solid ending to an already incredible class for the Demon Deacons.
While these rankings are not infallible, they do mark a good indicator of the strength of the Demon Deacons moving forward. Some two stars will certainly outperform five stars on an individual level, but over time the higher the ranking in general the more wins a team will see on the field. Clawson and company did a fantastic job getting this highly touted class to Winston-Salem and will now have the opportunity to coach them up to their high standards. This was a highly successful 2015 National Signing Day and a record-breaking one at that for the Demon Deacons. I can't wait to see each of these guys on the field as members of Wake Forest. Welcome to the family, we are all extremely excited to see you all! And as always, go Deacs!