Thomas Cole, a tight end out of West Virginia, has committed to play football for Wake Forest University. Cole is a 2-star recruit according to 247 Sports, and was originally committed to Akron. He stands at 6'5", 230 pounds, and has an excellent frame for the position. He finished his senior season with 77 receptions for 936 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also had 6 rushing attempts for 124 yards and 1 rushing touchdown.
Can now confirm that West Virginia tight end Thomas Cole has committed to Wake Forest. https://t.co/GEXg6Ex05P— Deacons Illustrated (@WakeRivals) January 5, 2016
Cole is the second tight end in Wake Forest's 2016 recruiting class, and he will join Brandon Chapman out of Ohio. Chapman is more of a blocking tight end, and Cole is more of a receiving tight end. He played wide receiver in high school, and has decent speed, but not enough to play receiver at the college level. Still, for a tight end, it will work. Wake Forest ideally wants to run a twin tight end-system under Dave Clawson, and the commitment to add another tight end to the recruiting class further amplifies that point. I expect Cole to redshirt, but I have been wrong about redshirt decisions before.
Wake Forest currently has 21 commits in the 2016 recruiting class, and I would not be surprised to look for the staff to add a few more before National Signing Day.