The Wake Forest 2018 recruiting class is officially in the books, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't expect any more additions to the roster in the coming weeks. After the December National Signing Day, Dave Clawson was quoted as saying the 2018 class was "90-95% full," though only 3* DB Marquis Alston was added to the group in February despite a few scholarships being available.
With a limited amount of HS seniors still uncommitted, the most likely next step is to add talent through the grad-transfer market and ensure that the open scholarships remain available for the 2019 class. That being said, who are some grad-transfer names you should keep an eye on in the coming weeks to potentially join the Deacons? Here are 3 senior playmakers that are available and may end up in Black and Gold
Dylan Collie, Wide Receiver, Hawaii
Collie, a talented slot WR from the University of Hawaii, is the only grad-transfer so far that has publicly indicated he's received an offer from the staff. His collegiate career is fairly unique compared to the average player, having been a member of BYU's 2012 recruiting class before taking a 2-year LDS Mission Trip in Richmond VA, and then transferring to Hawaii for the last 3 years. He's been a fairly effective option in the slot for the Rainbow Warriors since 2015, totaling 1,300 yards and 9 TD's since his Freshman season. This past year he finished the Mountain West 7th in Receiving Yards, 8th in Receptions, and 12th in Touchdowns.
Hard to not smile when you’re given opportunities to play football at a high level and in a great place. Grateful for @CoachKHiggins for the chance to catch the rock in #ACC country. #GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/KAgiNA3e3s— Dylan Collie (@23Collie) February 15, 2018
The main competition for Collie at the moment seems to be BYU (His former school and where his brother, former NFL WR Austin Collie, attended) and Vanderbilt. He just took a visit to Provo over the weekend and is expected to take one to Vandy in the next couple weeks as well. Collie has made it clear he wants to make sure he chooses the best possible option for him, so I wouldn't be surprised if this recruitment lasts until mid-spring with the Deacs getting a visit sometime in early March.
Tre Watson, Running Back, Cal
Watson was a highly touted RB in the class of 2014 that chose to stay home and play for Cal over the last couple of seasons. He was a huge part of the Golden Bears' offense in 2015 and 2016, averaging over 5 Yards Per Carry and scoring 12 total TD's. He was all set for a breakout senior season before a knee injury in Week 2 against Weber State unfortunately ended his year prematurely. On January 19th, he announced via Twitter he would be transferring from Cal to pursue a Master's Degree elsewhere.
While RB isn't necessarily a position of need for the Deacs (Colburn, Carney, Beal, Byrd, etc), Watson might be a talent worth taking a chance on with an open scholarship. Simply put, he was absolutely explosive at times his Sophomore and Junior season and would give some added depth to a position that has been riddled with injuries in recent times for the Deacs. He Tweeted on February 7th that he would start planning visits soon, and I personally wouldn't be surprised if Wake reaches out to bring him on campus in the coming weeks.
Dominique Heath, Wide Receiver/Punt Returner, Kansas State
A local product from Huntersville, NC, Heath mentioned last month that he was looking to transfer to a school closer to home after spending the last 4 seasons at Kansas State. Though rated only a 2* on 247sports Composite coming out of HS, Heath outperformed his ranking over the last few years and worked his way into the receiving corp rotation as a Freshman for the Wildcats. He also returned punts for K-State, which is an area the Deacs might be looking to fill after Jessie Bates' decision to leave early for the NFL Draft. In Heath's biggest game of the 2017 season he caught 5 passes for 49 yards and a TD in a Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA.
With a daughter back home in North Carolina, Dominique Heath waves goodbye to Kansas State. Best of luck to #4. He definitely exceeded his two-star recruiting rating all those years ago. https://t.co/RUTNDjmoNU— Ryan Wallace (@GPCwallace) February 12, 2018
Wake Forest may make the most sense for a player like Heath, who is looking to play in North Carolina due to his daughter being close by. It doesn't look like Wake Forest has offered the talented playmaker yet, but if we do, I'd expect Heath to put the Deacs high on his list heading into a spring decision.
Keep in mind more graduate transfer names might appear in the coming weeks at positions of need for the 2018 season. Given the losses to graduation and Chase Monroe's season-ending injury, LB seems to be an area where if the staff can find the a good grad-transfer fit, they may pull the trigger on an offer. For all Wake Forest recruiting news and updates, stay tuned to Blogger So Dear and be sure to follow on Twitter @DeacFan3.