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Wake Forest Football Team Adds Graduate Transfer Devin Gaulden

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The Deacs have made a late addition to the 2015 team.

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest's fall camp starts in less than a week, but that does not mean that Coach Dave Clawson and his staff aren't still working to improve this year's roster. Today, Chad Wilson broke the news that former Wisconsin defensive back Devin Gaulden will be transferring to Wake Forest University, and eligible to play immediately. This is an excellent late addition for Clawson and company, as defensive back was an area of concern for the Demon Deacons.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former Wisconsin defensive back Devin Gaulden (University School, FL) will be transferring to Wake Forest &amp; is eligible to play this season</p>&mdash; Chad Wilson (@GridironStuds) <a href="https://twitter.com/GridironStuds/status/626807705945178112">July 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Winston-Salem, NC ‼️</p>&mdash; Devin Gaulden™ (@_DGIV) <a href="https://twitter.com/_DGIV/status/626801015145267200">July 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Gaulden is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was a consensus three-star recruit coming out of high school. He took an official visit to Wake Forest in December of 2010, but ultimately chose the Badgers over Wake Forest, Boston College, and others. He never reached his potential at Wisconsin, mostly due to knee injuries suffered in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, however, he played in all 14 games, and had 5 starts at nickelback. Given the uncertainties about Bryant Gross-Armiento's injury, this is an outstanding addition.

In general, Clawson's rebuilding strategy does not revolve around the addition of graduate transfers, but I believe this year is an exception, as Wake Forest has added three graduate transfers this season. As Clawson continues to add his own recruits, I cannot see him doing this moving forward. Still, graduate transfers are such low risk prospects, that it makes very little sense to not bring them in if they are available.