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Wake Forest received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Nolan Grouix.

Grouix is a big get for the Demon Deacons class; ranking 44th among wideouts in the 2019 group according to 247 Composite rankings. He was a previous commit to Wisconsin, but he decommitted in May and now will head to Wake Forest despite offers from the Badgers, South Carolina, and several other big-name schools. The 247 Sports scouting reports call the 6-foot, 185-pound receiver a "natural playmaker" who is dangerous in the open field. He could factor early for the Demon Deacons when he enrolls at some point in 2019.
Source: The Spun
Jun 17 - 12:49 PM

Wake Forest redshirt sophomore TE Thomas Cole has been suspended for the first three games of 2018.

Cole was suspended along with teammate QB Kendall Hinton for "a violation of team rules." Hinton was projected to be the starter but Cole has yet to make a catch in his career. With this suspension, any chance Cole had of seizing more opportunity seems less likely.
Source: WRAL Sports
Jun 15 - 11:30 AM

Wake Forest redshirt junior QB Kendall Hinton has been suspended for the first three games of 2018.

In addition to Hinton, TE Thomas Cole received the same punishment. No details have been released as to what they were doing, but they were likely together. With Hinton sidelined to start the season, the Demon Deacons will turn to either Jamie Newman, Tayvon Bowers, or Sam Hartman at quarterback. Prior to this incident, reports were that Hinton was clearly the best of the bunch and was pulling away in the quarterback position vacated by John Wolford. Hinton will likely be the starter after his suspension unless the fill-in really proves himself.
Jun 14 - 5:20 PM

Wake Forest junior CB Essang Bassey led the ACC in 2017 for combined breakups and interceptions with 18.

Bassey recorded three interceptions last season, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The former three-star corner out of Columbus, Georgia, started all 13 games as a freshman in 2016 and will look to continue his ascension as a player with another strong season in 2018.
Jun 13 - 11:16 AM

Wake Forest redshirt sophomore WR Greg Dortch caught seven touchdowns from the slot last season, the most in the ACC among returning receivers.

Dortch totaled nine touchdowns on the entire season in addition to 53 receptions for 722 yards despite only playing in 8-of-13 games. Dortch's season was cut short due to an abdominal injury suffered during the Deacons game against Louisville on October 28th. The injury was so severe he got surgery the same night but luckily was fully recovered for spring practices this year. Dortch should be in for another big season in 2018 as Wake Forests' top wideout.
Jun 12 - 1:05 PM

Texans selected Wake Forest DE Duke Ejiofor with the No. 177 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Ejiofor (6’4/264) was a two-year starter and three-year contributor for the Demon Deacons, tallying 41 career tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks. Ejiofor tore the labrum in his right shoulder early last October and played through it, still logging 43 QB pressures but seeing his sack total dip from 10.5 as a junior to 6.5 as a senior. Ejiofor had surgery in February and suffered two known concussions in college. When healthy, Ejiofor is a long-armed (34 7/8") finesse rusher whose toughness was questioned by scouts.
Apr 28 - 3:46 PM

Bengals selected Wake Forest S Jessie Bates with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Bates (6’1/200) went pro as a redshirt sophomore after tallying six career INTs with two pick-sixes. He also averaged 9.0 yards on punt returns including a 59-yard score last year. After watching Demon Deacons tape, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah said Bates has "Pro Bowl ability" with "excellent awareness/ball skills, and he’s tough." Bates ran 4.5-flat at the Combine and especially shined in the three-cone drill (6.78). Bates is a ball-hawking safety with enough short-area quicks and run-support physicality to drop down and cover the slot.
Apr 27 - 8:39 PM

Wake Forest redshirt freshman RB Christian Beal sufferred a leg injury in the spring game and was unable to return.

The injury didn't end up being serious and he is expected to return to practice within the next couple of days. Wake Forest HC Dave Clawson said Beal is "a home-run threat. He’s going to be in the mix." Clawson's comments came after Beal racked up 97 yards and two touchowns on 14 carries in the spring game. After a solid spring, he should rotate in as the starting running back for the Deacons.
Apr 25 - 10:10 AM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard reports that Wake Forest S Jessie Bates is getting first-round buzz.

Ledyard notes that Bates (6'2/195) is one of the few "true free safeties" in this class, which obviously helps. He notes that the Panthers and Steelers are both interested in the former Demon Deacon with picks 24 and 28, respectively. If he does make it out of the first, Ledyard believes he won't last long in the second. It sounds like Bates is a lock for the first 50 picks, and he could be one of the true "surprise" selections in the first 32.
Apr 23 - 8:30 PM

Wake Forest received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 RB Kendrell Flowers.

Flowers (6'0/200) had also been weighing offers from (among others) Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Purdue and Toledo. On the 247Sports composite board, the Irmo, South Carolina, native ranks as the No. 53 running back prospect in the 2019 class. He's still relatively new to the position after moving to receiver midway through his high school career.
Apr 11 - 4:09 PM

Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor will visit the Patriots on Monday.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently suggest Ejiofor could be a Patriots pick in round two thinks to his experience rushing the passer on the outside and the inside. He's coming off labrum surgery and hopes to be cleared in July.
Apr 5 - 10:27 AM

Wake Forest redshirt junior RB Tyler Bell sustained a torn ACL during the team's second scrimmage of the spring.

Bell (5'11/215) is expected to miss the 2018 season due to the severe knee injury. It's an unfortunate turn of events for the back, who was also sidelined for the whole of the most recent campaign due to a torn ACL sustained last spring. The rest of the running backs room is looking clean on the health front, at least, as Matt Colburn, Cade Carney and Christian Beal are all expected to be available for this Saturday's upcoming spring game.
Apr 4 - 5:05 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor to Baltimore Ravens DE Matt Judon.

While Zierlein believe Ejiofor needs to play faster and with a higher-revving motor, he notes that even if the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder is unable to fully live up to his ability, his "natural strength and ability to harass the quarterback as an interior rusher on sub packages gives him a chance to find some early playing time even if he's a backup." The Wake Forest standout doesn't possess the electric athleticism worthy of a high draft pick, but could fall off the board near the end of Day 2 if the board breaks kindly for him. One issue which could prevent him from sniffing a Day 2 selection, though, is the fact that Ejiofor is currently rehabbing from a January shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He did not test at the NFL Scouting Combine and will still be rehabbing into the summer after he's drafted.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 2:53 PM

Wake Forest QB John Wolford is committed to pursuing an NFL career.

It's not going to be easy, as Wolford (6'1/205) is small and comes with a wonky throwing motion. He also struggled prior to his 2017 breakout campaign. Wolford is realistic about his situation but serious about giving it a go. "The knock on me is going to be my size and why did I struggle for three years up until this point? So that’s what I’m fighting, but I’m looking forward to the challenge," Wolford said. "Scouting in its nature is a negative business. They’re always looking for something wrong with you. ... it’s not like I’m going to be a top-four-round pick or anything like that. The likelihood of me being drafted may be small, but I think, at the end of the day, if you can play, then you can find a spot, and I’m just working to maximize that chance." He threw for scouts at Tuesday's pro day. "John looked great," HC Dave Clawson said. "He threw the ball accurate, adjusted to the NFL ball, threw the ball on the run well."
Mar 18 - 12:36 PM

Wake Forest redshirt junior QB Kendall Hinton appears to be pulling away in the quarterback competition.

Those quoted around the program seem to have already conceded that Hinton will earn the starting job vacated by John Wolford. Hinton brings more mobility to the position, but he's not yet Wolford's equal in the pocket or as a point man for the offense. "Kendall is a very dynamic player. We know he’s going to make plays with his feet. We’ve just got to keep working on him and getting him to play with consistency within the design of a play," HC Dave Clawson said. "Certainly people are going to see Kendall on film … and they’re going to try to force him in the pocket and make throws and he’s capable of making them. We’ve just got to get him to do that consistently. I’ve seen him do it, and it’s getting better."
Mar 18 - 12:30 PM


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