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Wake Forest Football Recruiting: Biggest Impact as a True Freshman

Part III of our recruiting roundtable.

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Question: Which player do you think will make the biggest impact as a true freshman?

Cam: Jeff Burley. This kid is a flat out stud. There's a reason Ole Miss has been pulling out all the stops to try to get him to flip. I have never had more fun watching film on a Wake recruit than I did watching his. That's not a knock to anyone else especially in this class, but that just speaks volume to how good I think this kid can be. With the departure of Lee, one of the three of him, Chase Monroe, and DJ Taylor may be asked to step up, and I have a feeling that Burley will come out the gate firing on all cylinders.

Elijah: Michael Allen is probably the best recruit of the class and most likely to have the biggest impact as a true freshman. Look for new Defensive Coordinator, Jay Sawvel to use Allen all over the field. Sawvel is known to play with speed and developing great secondary talent, which is ironic since he is coming from the stereotyped "ground and pound" Big Ten. Michael Allen will probably see time in pass rushing situations and eventually develop into an every down player.

Grumpy: Hopefully we're starting to get to a place where Clawson is comfortable with the guys currently on the roster and most of the incoming players will redshirt to get another year or development. That said, with the secondary losing Brad Watson and Josh Okonye, we're just a few injuries away from seeing true freshmen get some playing time there. I think Tyriq Hardimon or Troy Simon (both of whom I believe have played CB and S) could see some reps and based on their size and rankings I think they could do a good job. That said, I'd still prefer to see them redshirt.

Riley: I'm not sure who will actually get the chance to play, but I think there may be some competition at the CB position, which leads me to believe that Troy Simon will have a legitimate shot at earning playing time this fall.

Rob: This question involves a combination of talent and opportunity. I’m bullish on our linebacker unit in this class. Since I already mentioned Chase Monroe in a previous round table, I’ll suggest Jeff Burley. Wake Forest held off an offer from Ole Miss and was able to secure the linebacker out of Georgia. He is very physical and can lay a hit on the opposition. He has very good range, and that should allow him to play all downs for the Demon Deacons.

Which signee do you all think will make the biggest impact this fall?