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National Signing Day 2016: Essang Bassey Signs With Wake Forest

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Head coach Dave Clawson's class has gained another signee in the form of a cornerback out of Columbus, Georgia in Essang Bassey. Bassey visited Wake Forest for a camp in late June, picked up an offer, and promptly committed to Clawson and Co.

Bassey is a three-star for the 2016 recruiting class, and was the 13th player to commit to Wake Forest. He ranks as the 1244th best player in the nation, and 113th in the state of Georgia according to 247Sports.

According to 247Sports Bassey had an offer from Georgia State back in May. The 5-9, 180 pound Bassey also had interest from Air Force, Army, Wofford, Furman, and Charleston Southern. Despite performing well in camps over the past year it has not translated into many high level offers for the three-star.

It is safe to say that the staff came away very impressed with him and believes he is another under-the-radar kid that will produce results for the Deacs.

Some of the hesitation may have to do with his height and size, but his camp results stand on their own where he ran a 4.6 40, and recorded a 41-inch vertical. When you have hops like that it can overcome a lack of a couple of inches.

Essang backed up the coaching staff's evaluation, as he was named 1st team all-state in Georgia's Class 5A as a senior.

You can follow Essang on Twitter at @ebcinco_