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Wake Forest redshirt senior S Cameron Glenn recorded 31 stops against the run last season.

Per the fine folks at Pro Football Focus, Glenn's mark is tops among returning ACC safeties. All told, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety registered 98 tackles (3.5 for loss), two interceptions, six passes defended and a forced fumble during what proved to be an active-across-the-board campaign.
Jun 27 - 5:03 PM

Wake Forest received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Michael Kern, who had previously been committed to Toledo.

Kern committed to the Rockets back in May, but he decommitted from the school after taking a visit and getting an offer from the Demon Deacons. The product of Lake Nona High School in Orlando, Kern doesn't have many Power Five offers, but he reportedly did have interest from schools like Michigan State and Auburn, and depending on how things play out he could still receive offers from the school. For now, however, the 61st ranked quarterback in 247 Sports Composite Ranking is slotted to join Wake Forest, who are having a surprisingly good run in early recruiting.
Jun 25 - 5:41 PM

Wake Forest received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Donavon Greene, who had previously been committed to Duke.

Greene decommitted from Duke in May, and he was also considering North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound wideout is ranked as the seventh best player in North Carolina, and 35th among all wide receivers in the class by 247 Sports. It's the highest-rated recruit to commit to Wake Forest in the Dave Clawson era, and it raises their ranking in 247 Sports list to 35th overall.
Jun 25 - 2:28 PM

Former Army K Eric Osteen joined Wake Forest as a graduate.

Osteen graduated from Army in 2012 and subsequently put in a five-year tour of duty with the armed forces. Back to school, now, as he'll be pursuing his MBA with Wake Forest. He has experience as a kickoff specialist, a role which could be open to him with the Demon Deacons this fall.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 20 - 11:23 AM

Hope College senior K Darren Ford transferred to Wake Forest.

Ford (6'2/205) worked in a variety of capacities on special teams while enrolled at Division III Hope College. Not only did he hit on 25-of-38 field goals over the past two seasons, he was also the man of note on punts and kickoffs. Just what duties Wake will put him on remains to be seen, but with starting placekicker/kickoff man Mike Weaver moving on, there's opportunity for work, here.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 20 - 11:13 AM

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

Duke three-star 2019 WR Donavon Greene reopened his recruitment.

Greene (6'3/205) is seriously considering North Carolina and Notre Dame now that he's back on the open market. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are two other potential contenders to watch, but it would take strong, strong pushes from those programs for them to realistically wedge into this conversation. It's been a rocky few days for Blue Devils HC David Cutcliffe and staff on the recruiting front, as they not only have lost Greene's pledge, they also saw four-star RB Zonovan Knight open things back up earlier this week. For Duke, which is a respected-but-limited program on the gridiron, those are the kinds of commitments which are incredibly tough to watch fall away.
Source: Rivals
May 24 - 4:29 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


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