National Signing Day was a major success for the Wake Forest football program. Wake's class consists of 22 players - 6 early enrollees and 16 players who signed today. Head coach, Dave Clawson, stated that he and his staff sent out 16 letters of intent and all 16 came back. Who are some of the best players out of that 16 who I think have the best chance to be difference makers for the Deacons in future years. I take my best guess at predicting the future.
My top candidate is someone who just committed to the Deacs this morning. Wake Forest beat out Missouri, Georgia Tech, and Minnesota to land Arkeem Byrd, and he is a huge addition. He can score from anywhere on the field, and can be a big time playmaker for the Wake Forest ground game. The Deacs have a lot of young running backs on the roster, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him compete for playing time from day one.
Another major haul for the Demon Deacons came in the form of Taleni Suhren, a 6'5" 290-pound offensive lineman out of the Charlotte area. He is considered to be the number one offensive lineman in the state of North Carolina and also held offers from Duke, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and West Virginia. Vanderbilt tried very hard to flip him, but he remained true to his word. He earned an invitation to The Opening in Oregon, and performed very well there.
He has the tools to play either guard of tackle for the Deacs. Ideally he will redshirt this year. This is not a knock on him. In an ideal world, essentially every offensive lineman is able to redshirt. Given how Wake has been recruiting at the position, he may not begin to see significant time until 2018, but that will be more about the other players on the roster than Suhren.
My last pick is Sulaiman Kamara, who is a massive human being. He's listed at 6'2" 290 pounds, and he is every bit of that. He's a space eater on the inside who is going to be able to stop the run, and could also draw double teams, which will free up pash rushers on the outside. Clawson said that he wanted to get more pass rushers. While defensive tackles aren't typically pass rushers, they certainly go a long way in helping out the pass rush. Kamara has the potential to blow up plays by himself, which could allow the defense to get opportunistic and force a few turnovers. Wake had several defensive tackles redshirt last year, so he may follow the same route, but it's exciting to get him in the black and gold.
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