2016 Wake Forest Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Wake Forest Recruiting Class: Head coach Dave Clawson has a veteran team returning, but he might have found a few good prospects who can challenge right away from a good-looking class.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Wake Forest Recruiting Class: Head coach Dave Clawson has a veteran team returning, but he might have found a few good prospects who can challenge right away from a good-looking class.


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    Wake Forest Football Recruiting Class Overview

    Wake Forest will never compete with the ACC stars for talent, but it came up with its share of wins and could turn out to have a surprisingly good class. The team didn’t need a ton of instant help after going young the last few seasons, so the hope is that this incoming group provides the base for four years from now – and maybe a little bit of depth.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Defensive Linemen. The receiving corps got a bulk of the attention on offense, and the hope will be for that group to grow along with 6-4, 235-pound bomber Jamie Newman, but the defensive front got the most help. Sulaiman Kamara is the key to the class and the likely anchor for the line, while Emmanuel Walker and Zander Zimmer are the best of the defensive ends brought in. There isn’t a ton of raw bulk, but the ends and decent size.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    DT Sulaiman Kamar, 6-2, 286 – Don’t expect him to become a dangerous interior pass rusher, but he can move enough to offset his lack of ACC defensive tackle size – at least at the highest of levels. He’s strong and he moves well enough to get in on just about every tackle on the inside. Active, he’ll be a nice part of the starting front in the near future.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Linebacker. Losing punter Alexander Kinal is going to sting, but there aren’t a lot of big problems in terms of personnel. This has been a young team building, and now it returns with a ton of experience and depth. The only concern could be the linebacking corps that loses Brandon Chubb along with Hunter Williams who worked in a few different ways.

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    2016 X Recruiting Class: New head coach Justin Fuente needed to crank up the offensive prospects, and he did that in a big way with his first class in Blacksburg.


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    Virginia Tech Football Recruiting Class Overview

    As much as possible, Virginia Tech made it known that Justin Fuente was going to be the new head coach as soon as Frank Beamer announced he was retiring. That made a difference in a good class built to bulk up the offensive side as soon as possible. There will be plenty of holes to fill for the future on defense with next year’s class, but this year is about getting the O moving.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Quarterback. Offensive tackle was addressed, and there were a few linebacker signings to work with, but the passers are the stars. Fuente has a reputation for being a quarterback coach, and helping to turn Paxton Lynch into a first round talent didn’t hurt when it came time to get JUCO transfer Jerod Evans and keep around Josh Jackson and Jovonn Quillen. Jackson is a good-sized playmaker, and Quillen is a speedster, but the key right away might be …

    The Star of the Class Is …

    QB Jerod Evans, 6-4, 225 – There are plenty of quarterbacks on the roster waiting in the wings to take over for Michael Brewer, but the spotlight will be on Evans right out of the gate. Cal wanted the Trinity Valley star to potentially take over for Jared Goff, and Missouri made a push, but Evans was Fuente’s first truly big moment in the recruiting period. The hope is that the Hokies got a gamechanger.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The defensive line. Part of the key to signing Evans was that quarterback was possibly the one missing link to a veteran offense. There’s depth, talent, and upside – especially with the new coaching staff – and all that’s missing was a veteran triggerman. The defense, though, needs some help losing both starting outside linebackers and three starters up front including Dadi Nichols on the outside and Luther Maddy inside.

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