Last season Wake Forest added a post-graduate transfer from Virginia, and this year they added one from Maryland. Zach Dancel, a safety from the University of Maryland, will play for Wake Forest during his final season of college football. Dancel started one game last season, and accumulated 15 tackles throughout the season. He was an All-Big Ten Academic selection, and primarily contributed on special teams.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Confirmed that Maryland grad student transfer safety Zach Dancel <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiteBoy_Awesom">@WhiteBoy_Awesom</a> has committed to Wake & will be eligible immediately.</p>— Deacons Illustrated (@WakeRivals) <a href="https://twitter.com/WakeRivals/status/605421734733447169">June 1, 2015</a></blockquote>
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The addition of Dancel will provide Wake Forest with depth at the secondary position. Wake Forest will presumably start Janvion and Thomas Brown at the two safety positions. Redshirt freshmen Cameron Glenn and Demetrius Kemp should be the two backups. Safety is one of Wake's best positions this year, and at this point it is unclear exactly how Dancel fits into the secondary. Given his experience on special teams, one has to think that special teams coordinator Adam Scheier will utilize Dancel's talents.
As is the case with most post-graduate transfers, there is very little downside to this addition. Dancel is a high-character prospect who will only be utilizing a scholarship for one season. He won't impact Wake's ability to take a player in the 2016 recruiting class. At the very least he will provide leadership to younger players.
Wake's first game is just over three months away, and practice will begin in just over two months. With these two timelines in mind, expect to see increased football coverage, as we prepare to enter year two of the Dave Clawson Era.