With the first ever early National Signing Day slated to begin next Wednesday (December 20th), head coach Dave Clawson and the rest of the Wake Forest staff are putting the finishing touches on the 2018 class.
This class grew to 21 commits when Rondell Bothroyd, Dion Bergan, and Anthony Manning committed to Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon.
Overall Wake now sits at 53rd nationally and 12th in the ACC with its ‘18 class and will look to lock up all 21 guys in the early period next week.
Rondell Bothroyd (6-3, 250 pound TE/DE)
Rondell Bothroyd is a three-star tight end/defensive end out of Willington, Connecticut who was previously committed to Temple University.
Bothroyd had been committed to Temple since August 2nd, but following a visit to Wake Forest he determined that Winston-Salem is where he wanted to spend the next 4-5 years.
Based on his HUDL video he shows off impressive speed from a 6-3, 250 pound player in pursuit of the quarterback. He also showed an ability to assist in the run block as well.
On the offensive side he showcased his athletic prowess with a couple of great catches as well.
Dion Bergan (6-2, 265 pound DT)
Dion Bergan, a defensive tackle out of Kissimmee, Florida (Osceola) also committed to the Deacs. He is listed as a two-star on 247Sports, but held offers from 22 schools, including Appalachian State, Colorado State, Temple, and USF.
1⃣0⃣0⃣% COMMITTED❗❗❗— DAB.200 (@dionbergan) December 11, 2017
❗THANK YOU GOD❗
Bergan was offered by the coaching staff on December 5th and made a visit to Winston this past weekend. The snow obviously didn’t deter him as he also decided to make Winston his home for the foreseeable future!
Anthony Manning (5-10, 175 pound ATH)
The Deacs also landed a commitment from Lake Nona standout Anthony Manning, whose size and speed reminds me a bit of a couple of other wide receivers currently on our roster.
Wake Forest was Manning’s first Power 5 offer.
Trust The Process pic.twitter.com/FZoF7yfhjK— Anthony Manning ™ (@nthonymanning12) December 10, 2017
According to an interview with 247Sports, Manning chose Wake Forest because “it will be a good fit, and coach also said that they love their wide receivers a lot.”
Although he played both DB and WR in high school, this quote suggests that Manning will play WR at Wake and likely projects as a slot receiver in the mold of Tabari Hines and Greg Dortch.