In the spirit of Thanksgiving it is only appropriate to recognize Wake Forest has much to be thankful for, especially when it comes to success on the recruiting trail.
Jim Grobe and his coaching staff laid the foundation for their 2013 recruiting in June and July, and also enjoyed fall flurry. The Demon Deacons have 14 commitments, but would like to be in the neighborhood of 20 on National Signing Day (Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013).
List of 2013 Football Commitments
--- Taylor Chambers, Irmo (SC), Offensive Tackle, 6-foot-8 and 305 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit and as the No. 17 overall prospect in South Carolina.
--- Cameron Gardner, Bailey (NC) Southern Nash, Offensive Tackle, 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a two-star recruit.
--- Josh Harris, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton, Offensive Guard, 6-foot-4 and 299 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 38 offensive guard and the No. 61 overall prospect in Georgia.
--- Tyree Harris, Marietta (Ga.), Wide Receiver, 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit.
--- Cory Helms, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton, Center, 6-foot-4 and 288 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 9 center and the No. 53 overall prospect in Georgia.
--- Ford Howell, Memphis (Tenn.) University School, Inside Linebacker, 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit.
--- Ali Lamot, Mebane (NC) Eastern Alamance, Outside Linebacker, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a two-star recruit.
--- Marquel Lee, Waldorf (Md.) Westlake, Inside Linebacker, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds.
--- James Looney, Lake Worth (Fla.), Defensive Lineman, 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit.
--- Brendan O'Neil, Cambridge (Mass.) Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Tight End, 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 39 pound tight end and the No. 5 overall prospect in Massachusetts.
--- Michael Radford, Charlotte (NC) Country Day, Dual-threat quarterback, 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a two-star recruit.
--- Cameron Serigne, Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods, Tight End, 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a two-star recruit.
--- Eric Tetlow, Richmond (Va.) Mills E Godwin, Offensive Tackle, 6-foot-6 and 294 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a four-star recruit.
--- Brad Watson, Round Rock (Texas) Westwood, Cornerback, 5-foot-11 and 161 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a two-star recruit.
Galloway and Himebauch's success
Wide Receivers coach and co-passing game coordinator Lonnie Galloway and offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch have been indispensable components to Wake's recruiting success. The duo has played a significant role in the recruitment of at least half of Wake Forest's commitments.
Wake was challenged to the very end in its chase for Tetlow, but his relationship with Himebauch proved to be a key difference maker in his decision.
Tetlow chose the Deacs over scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boston College, East Carolina, Maryland, Navy, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Florida and Temple. Florida State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia also showed significant interest in the Commonwealth prospect.
Change for the better?
While the Demon Deacons would love to have Kyle Shortridge (committed to Purdue) back in their fold Looney was a welcomed addition to the Wake Forest defensive front.
Looney has the size and ability to play defensive end and defensive tackle, giving Wake much-needed depth and versatility on the defensive line.
What to look for
Barring commitments from nationally acclaimed prospects Wake Forest is likely done recruiting at the quarterback, offensive line and tight end positions.
The Deacs are still in search for a running back, a wide receiver or two, a defensive lineman, a linebacker, and a couple of defensive backs.
Wake has its sights set on Lexington's (NC) Marquez Grayson. The 6-foot-1 and 200-pounder lists NC State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest as his top choices.
The Demon Deacons have not given up on Houston commitment Joseph Glenn, TCU commitment Trevorris Johnson and Cincinnati commitment Marcus Levy.
Alex Montgomery, who was once committed to Wake Forest, is still considering the Deacs after reopening his recruitment. Dionte Taylor[/db], who officially visited Wake Saturday, Nov. 3, and James Clark are also receiving significant attention from the Demon Deacons.
Jaylen Miller has the attention of Wake's coaching staff and nearly every other major program in the Southeast. The 6-foot-2 ½ and 255-pound defensive end from Gaffney, SC does not have a favorite.
He has yet to set a decision date. However, one thing is for certain if Wake Forest is to stay in the mix it will have a fight to the finish. The Deacs are competing with scholarship offers from Alabama State, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Marshall, Maryland, NC State, and North Carolina, while other schools are also showing interest in Miller.
Jeremiah Benjamin is a hot commodity. The 6-foot-2 and 225-pound Sunshine State product has the versatility to play inside linebacker, outside linebacker and safety.
Benjamin has Wake in his top five along with Florida International, Marshall, Texas A&M and West Virginia. He said FIU and Marshall stand out.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas Lance Virgile told PirateIllustrated.com he is working to plan a trip to Winston-Salem.
Shortridge's teammate Rayfield Dixon is still considering Wake Forest.
Wake's secondary, an already lean unit, has endured injuries and suspensions this season. Marcus Davis, Will Likely and Sean Paul are still on the table.
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