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Wake Forest Football Scholarship Chart

What does the roster composition look like moving forward?

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest has already secured 10 verbal commitments for the 2016 recruiting class. Head coach Dave Clawson has stated that his target for this class is somewhere in the "mid teens." With those figures in mind, I figured it would be appropriate to look at the roster Dave Clawson and his staff have assembled over the past two recruiting classes. What do the scholarship numbers look like, and what are positions of need moving forward?

*Please note that all players in italics have already used a redshirt. Some players will appear to be in bold and that's simply because they were "tagged" by SB Nation, and Wake's standard color is black. It is also my understanding that long-snapper Garrett Wilson will walk-on this season and then be a scholarship player beginning in 2016.

Wake Forest Scholarship Chart
# Class Pos. 2015 Class Pos. 2016 Class Pos. 2017 Class Pos. 2018
1 15 WR Alex Bachman 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT
2 15 DB Amari Henderson 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT
3 15 TE Bowman Archibald 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT
4 15 DL Chris Calhoun 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT
5 15 WR Chuck Wade 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT
6 15 DB Dionte Austin 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT 16 RECRUIT
7 15 DL Elontae Bateman 16 TE Brandon Chapman 16 TE Brandon Chapman 16 TE Brandon Chapman
8 15 OL Jake Bezinger 16 P Dom Maggio 16 P Dom Maggio 16 P Dom Maggio
9 15 DB Jessie Bates 16 QB Jamie Newman 16 QB Jamie Newman 16 QB Jamie Newman
10 15 LB Justin Strnad 16 WR Jeremiah Brown 16 WR Jeremiah Brown 16 WR Jeremiah Brown
11 15 QB Kendall Hinton 16 OL Je'Vionte Nash 16 OL Je'Vionte Nash 16 OL Je'Vionte Nash
12 15 DL Khalil Welsh 16 DL Johnny Ray 16 DL Johnny Ray 16 DL Johnny Ray
13 15 QB Kyle Kearns 16 DL LaRonde Liverpool 16 DL LaRonde Liverpool 16 DL LaRonde Liverpool
14 15 RB Matt Colburn 16 WR Malik Grate 16 WR Malik Grate 16 WR Malik Grate
15 15 LB Nate Mays 16 OL Taleni Suhren 16 OL Taleni Suhren 16 OL Taleni Suhren
16 15 OL Nathan Gilliam 16 DL Zander Zimmer 16 DL Zander Zimmer 16 DL Zander Zimmer
17 15 DL Paris Black 15 WR Alex Bachman 15 WR Alex Bachman 15 WR Alex Bachman
18 15 RB Rocky Reid 15 DB Amari Henderson 15 DB Amari Henderson 15 DB Amari Henderson
19 15 WR Scotty Washington 15 TE Bowman Archibald 15 TE Bowman Archibald 15 TE Bowman Archibald
20 15 WR Steven Claude 15 DL Chris Calhoun 15 DL Chris Calhoun 15 DL Chris Calhoun
21 15 OL T.J. Haney 15 WR Chuck Wade 15 WR Chuck Wade 15 WR Chuck Wade
22 15 WR Tabari Hines 15 DB Dionte Austin 15 DB Dionte Austin 15 DB Dionte Austin
23 15 RB Tyler Ball 15 DL Elontae Bateman 15 DL Elontae Bateman 15 DL Elontae Bateman
24 14 DB Cameron Glenn 15 LS Garrett Wilson 15 LS Garrett Wilson 15 LS Garrett Wilson
25 14 DL Chris Stewart 15 OL Jake Bezinger 15 OL Jake Bezinger 15 OL Jake Bezinger
26 14 WR Cortez Lewis 15 DB Jessie Bates 15 DB Jessie Bates 15 DB Jessie Bates
27 14 DB Demetrius Kemp 15 LB Justin Strnad 15 LB Justin Strnad 15 LB Justin Strnad
28 14 OL Justin Herron 15 QB Kendall Hinton 15 QB Kendall Hinton 15 QB Kendall Hinton
29 14 LB Kalin McNeil 15 DL Khalil Welsh 15 DL Khalil Welsh 15 DL Khalil Welsh
30 14 OL Nick Luedeke 15 QB Kyle Kearns 15 QB Kyle Kearns 15 QB Kyle Kearns
31 14 OL Patrick Osterhage 15 RB Matt Colburn 15 RB Matt Colburn 15 RB Matt Colburn
32 14 OL Phil Haynes 15 LB Nate Mays 15 LB Nate Mays 15 LB Nate Mays
33 14 DL Rashawn Shaw 15 OL Nathan Gilliam 15 OL Nathan Gilliam 15 OL Nathan Gilliam
34 14 OL Ryan Anderson 15 DL Paris Black 15 DL Paris Black 15 DL Paris Black
35 14 DL Willie Yarbary 15 RB Rocky Reid 15 RB Rocky Reid 15 RB Rocky Reid
36 14 LB Zack Wary 15 WR Scotty Washington 15 WR Scotty Washington 15 WR Scotty Washington
37 14 K Adam Centers 15 WR Steven Claude 15 WR Steven Claude 15 WR Steven Claude
38 14 OL A'lique Terry 15 OL T.J. Haney 15 OL T.J. Haney 15 OL T.J. Haney
39 14 TE Devin Pike 15 WR Tabari Hines 15 WR Tabari Hines 15 WR Tabari Hines
40 14 RB Isaiah Robinson 15 RB Tyler Ball 15 RB Tyler Ball 15 RB Tyler Ball
41 14 LB Jaboree Williams 14 DB Cameron Glenn 14 DB Cameron Glenn 14 DB Cameron Glenn
42 14 QB John Wolford 14 DL Chris Stewart 14 DL Chris Stewart 14 DL Chris Stewart
43 14 DB Thomas Dillon 14 WR Cortez Lewis 14 WR Cortez Lewis 14 WR Cortez Lewis
44 14 DL Zeek Rodney 14 DB Demetrius Kemp 14 DB Demetrius Kemp 14 DB Demetrius Kemp
45 13 DL Ali Lamot 14 OL Justin Herron 14 OL Justin Herron 14 OL Justin Herron
46 13 TE Brendan O'Neil 14 LB Kalin McNeil 14 LB Kalin McNeil 14 LB Kalin McNeil
47 13 DB Bryant Gross-Armiento 14 OL Nick Luedeke 14 OL Nick Luedeke 14 OL Nick Luedeke
48 13 TE Cam Serigne 14 OL Patrick Osterhage 14 OL Patrick Osterhage 14 OL Patrick Osterhage
49 13 OL Cameron Gardner 14 OL Phil Haynes 14 OL Phil Haynes 14 OL Phil Haynes
50 13 RB Dez Wortham 14 DL Rashawn Shaw 14 DL Rashawn Shaw 14 DL Rashawn Shaw
51 13 DL Duke Ejiofor 14 OL Ryan Anderson 14 OL Ryan Anderson 14 OL Ryan Anderson
52 13 LB Grant Dawson 14 DL Willie Yarbary 14 DL Willie Yarbary 14 DL Willie Yarbary
53 13 DB Josh Okonye 14 LB Zack Wary 14 LB Zack Wary 14 LB Zack Wary
54 13 DL Julian Thomas-Jackson 14 K Adam Centers 14 K Adam Centers
55 13 K Mike Weaver 14 OL A'lique Terry 14 OL A'lique Terry
56 13 OL Taylor Chambers 14 TE Devin Pike 14 TE Devin Pike
57 13 WR Tyree Harris 14 RB Isaiah Robinson 14 RB Isaiah Robinson
58 13 DL Wendell Dunn 14 LB Jaboree Williams 14 LB Jaboree Williams
59 13 DB Brad Watson 14 QB John Wolford 14 QB John Wolford
60 13 DB Deonte Davis 14 DB Thomas Dillon 14 DB Thomas Dillon
61 13 DB Jalen Latter 14 DL Zeek Rodney 14 DL Zeek Rodney
62 13 DB John Armstrong 13 DL Ali Lamot 13 DL Ali Lamot
63 13 OL Josh Harris 13 TE Brendan O'Neil 13 TE Brendan O'Neil
64 13 LB Marquel Lee 13 DB Bryant Gross-Armiento 13 DB Bryant Gross-Armiento
65 13 DB Thomas Brown 13 TE Cam Serigne 13 TE Cam Serigne
66 12 RB James Ward 13 OL Cameron Gardner 13 OL Cameron Gardner
67 12 WR Jared Crump 13 RB Dez Wortham 13 RB Dez Wortham
68 12 OL Joel Suggs 13 DL Duke Ejiofor 13 DL Duke Ejiofor
69 12 WR Jonathan Williams 13 LB Grant Dawson 13 LB Grant Dawson
70 12 DL Josh Banks 13 DB Josh Okonye 13 DB Josh Okonye
71 12 DB Ryan Janvion 13 DL Julian Thomas-Jackson 13 DL Julian Thomas-Jackson
72 12 DL Shelldon Lewinson 13 K Mike Weaver 13 K Mike Weaver
73 12 TE Steve Donatell 13 OL Taylor Chambers 13 OL Taylor Chambers
74 12 LB Teddy Matthews 13 WR Tyree Harris 13 WR Tyree Harris
75 12 OL Ty Hayworth 13 DL Wendell Dunn 13 DL Wendell Dunn
76 12 OL Will Smith 13 DB Brad Watson
77 12 DL Tylor Harris 13 DB Deonte Davis
78 11 P Alex Kinal 13 DB Jalen Latter
79 11 LB Brandon Chubb 13 DB John Armstrong
80 11 OL Dylan Intemann 13 OL Josh Harris
81 11 LB Hunter Williams 13 LB Marquel Lee
82 11 WR P.J. Howard IV 13 DB Thomas Brown
83 GR WR K.J. Brent 12 RB James Ward
84 GR DB Zach Dancel 12 WR Jared Crump
85 OPEN 12 OL Joel Suggs
OVER 12 WR Jonathan Williams
OVER 12 DL Josh Banks
OVER 12 DB Ryan Janvion
OVER 12 DL Shelldon Lewinson
OVER 12 TE Steve Donatell
OVER 12 LB Teddy Matthews
OVER 12 OL Ty Hayworth
OVER 12 OL Will Smith

By my count, Wake Forest still has room to add one graduate transfer if they choose.

Based on the numbers below, you can tell that Wake Forest is a very young team, as made evident by the fact that there is very little drop off in number at any of the positions listed below. While verbal commitments are not binding, Wake already has more committed 2016 prospects than graduating seniors. I'm using Clawson's words and making an assumption that Wake will take approximately 6 more recruits in the 2016 class, to finish with 16 total. If that's the case, then Wake Forest will be 8 scholarships over the 85-scholarship limit.

Where will that attrition come from? Some may come naturally, as underclassmen may transfer. The most likely scenario will be this year's redshirt juniors.  Given how young this team is, those upperclassmen who do not play this season are less likely to return next season. That's simply part of the cycle. The kids will have had 4 years on campus, and therefore should graduate. They will then have a year of eligibility to play at another school of their choosing, where they will most likely receive more playing time. All parties benefit from that scenario.

Pos. 2015 Number Pos. 2016 Number Pos. 2017 Number
QB 3 QB 4 QB 4
RB 6 RB 6 RB 5
TE 5 TE 6 TE 5
WR 11 WR 11 WR 9
OL 16 OL 17 OL 13
DL 15 DL 17 DL 15
LB 10 LB 8 LB 6
DB 15 DB 14 DB 8
K 2 K 2 K 2
P 1 P 1 P 1
LS 0 LS 1 LS 1

I hope you all found this piece helpful and informative. It will be tacked on the "Wake Forest Football" page. I will provide subsequent articles throughout the summer that look at the potential depth chart of each position, and when new players will needed to be added.

Which positions do you all believe Wake should be targeting?