June 30, 2012

The War Room part one: Offense

Wake Forest entered June without a single 2013 football commitment, but has since picked up 10.

In this edition of "The War Room" Deacons Illustrated breaks down Wake's recruiting board.

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. 39 offensive guard and the No. 63 overall prospect in Georgia.

--- 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. 7 center and the No. 69 overall prospect in Georgia.

--- Ali Lamot, Mebane (NC) Eastern Alamance, Outside Linebacker, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds.

--- Alex Montgomery, Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay, Wide Receiver, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit.

--- Brendan O'Neill, 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. 35 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.

--- Brad Watson, Round Rock (Texas) Westwood, Cornerback, 5-foot-11 and 161 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a two-star recruit.

In part one of "The War Room" Deacons Illustrated breaks down the recruitment of Wake Forest's top offensive targets.

Offensive Line

The Demon Deacons have gone a long way to address the needs up front, but would welcome a pledge from the likes of Richmond (Va.) Mills E. Godwin offensive tackle Tetlow.

The 6-foot-6, 294-pounder, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, claims scholarship offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Maryland, Navy, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Florida, Temple and Wake Forest, while Miami (Fla.), Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are showing interest.

He plans to narrow his list of schools down in July.

Jonathan Himebauch is recruiting Tetlow for the Deacs.

Tetlow on Wake in a prior interview with Deacons Illustrated: "I really enjoyed the visit [to Wake]. I really enjoyed talking with all of the coaches and seeing the opportunities that I would have there. All of the opportunities that I have … it's nice."

Another possible option for Wake Forest is Normal (Ill.) Community offensive tackle Randy Heideman.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder, who is rated as a three-star recruit and as the No. 21 overall prospect in Illinois by Rivals.com, claims scholarship offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Louisiana-Monroe, Miami of Ohio, Toledo, Wake, Wyoming and Western Michigan.

Himebauch and Derrick Jackson are recruiting Heideman for the Demon Deacons.

Heideman on Wake Forest in a prior interview with EDGYTIM: "I actually have a connection with Wake Forest since my neighbors are good friend with the athletics director [Ron Wellman] and they told him about me and I've been in contact with offensive line coach Jon Himebauch ever since. Wake Forest offers a great education and they have a great business program. Wake Forest also has a great looking campus and facilities and the campus is in a great area. I'm really excited over this offer and I plan to look ever harder at Wake Forest."

Tight End

After picking up commitments from O'Neill and Serigne tight end is likely not as much of a recruiting priority for the Deacs, but there is always an exception and Winston-Salem (NC) Mount Tabor's Lucas Wilson may be that.

The 6-foot-5, 226-pounder, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, claims scholarship offers from Air Force, Central Florida, East Carolina, NC State, South Florida, Tennessee and Wake Forest, while Clemson and North Carolina have shown interest.

Steed Lobotzke and Ray McCartney are recruiting Wilson for the Deacs.

Wilson on Wake in a prior interview with Deacons Illustrated: "I definitely like Wake a lot really. I'm really comfortable with the coaches, every one of the coaches. Every visit I've been over there it's just felt like a good place. Also, proximity it's definitely not a negative thing that it's close. I've thought about that more. If anything it would be a good thing to go home every Sunday and have a home-cooked meal."

Other TE's left on Wake's radar …
Matt Burke, Greg Taboada and Jayme Taylor.

Quarterback

The Demon Deacons are fine under center after Radford made his pledge to Wake Forest earlier this month.

For Wake and most other programs the goal is to bring in at least one quality QB per recruiting class, and the Deacs are on track to keep pace for the third year in a row.

Running Backs

Jim Grobe and his staff are in need of a go-to-back following the departure of Brandon Pendergrass, the often questioned dependability of Josh Harris, Orville Reynolds' inexperience and the lack of other proven runners.

With the goal of adding quality depth to its backfield look for the Demon Deacons to bring in at least two running backs.

Wake Forest is concentrating its efforts in the Lone Star and Sunshine states.

--- Joseph Glenn, Giddings (Texas), 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds, All-purpose.vRivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 15 all-purpose back and the No. 81 overall prospect in Texas.

In the last two seasons Glenn has rushed for 2,706 yards and 37 touchdowns, caught 16 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown and has returned two kicks back for touchdowns.

He claims scholarship offers from Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, New Mexico, Purdue, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Wake Forest, while Baylor, BYU, Michigan, Rice, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech have shown interest.

Glenn is hearing the most from Houston, Purdue and Wake Forest, but does not have a clear-cut favorite. The Texas product plans to choose a school in August.

Jackson is recruiting for the Deacs.

Glenn on his relationship with Jackson in a prior interview with Deacons Illustrated: "It's pretty good. It's not exactly tight yet, but it's good. I talk to him when I can. I feel like he's a good coach."

--- Trevorris Johnson, Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 47 running back and the No. 75 overall prospect in Texas.

He claims scholarship offers from Arkansas, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, SMU, Utah and Wake Forest, while Texas A&M and Texas Tech have shown interest.

Johnson is hearing the most from Arkansas and California. He will make an official visit to Wake Forest likely after the season, and plans to begin narrowing his list of schools down and make a final decision probably sometime in January.

Jackson is recruiting Johnson for the Demon Deacons.

Johnson on his relationship with Jackson in a prior interview with Deacons Illustrated: "We talk from time to time on Facebook, and I call him probably every other week. He's a funny dude."

--- Marcus Levy, Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central, 5-foot-10 and 187 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit.

He claims 13 scholarship offers, including Wake Forest and is receiving interest from many other schools.

Levy rushed for 1,382 yards and 18 touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns last season.

--- Jamari Smith, Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher, 6-feet and 200 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 37 running back and as the No. 78 overall prospect in Florida.

He claims 20 scholarship offers, including one from Wake Forest.

Smith rushed for 2,178 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.

Other RB's left on Wake's radar …
Gary Lewis, David Mayaka, Demetrius Odom and Terrence Upshaw.

Wide Receivers

While Wake Forest has arguably one of the ACC's and maybe the country's most dynamic playmakers at the position in Michael Campanaro and does not have a shortage of targets Lonnie Galloway plans to pursue players who fit the mold of a Chris Givens.

After Montgomery's commitment earlier this week the Demon Deacons it is likely Wake will bring in at least one or two more receivers to replace seniors Terence Davis and Lovell Jackson.

--- Terrence Alls, Hialeah (Fla.) Dade Christian, 6-feet and 162 pounds.

He claims scholarship 15 scholarship offers.

Last season Alls had 360 yards and four touchdowns receiving, a punt he returned for a touchdown and an interception.

--- Sean Avant, Miramar (Fla.), 6-feet and 175 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit.

He claims scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Florida International, Marshall, South Alabama, Syracuse, Temple, UCF, Wake Forest and West Virginia, while Boston College and Illinois are also showing interest.

Galloway is recruiting Avant for the Demon Deacons.

Avant on Wake Forest in a prior interview with Deacons Illustrated: "I'm happy about the scholarship, but I need to remain humble. That's one of the big things here at Miramar is being humble. I'm looking forward to talking to him [Galloway]."

He caught 32 passes for 501 yards last season.

--- Corey Cooper, Raleigh (NC) Millbrook, 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit.

He claims 19 scholarship offers, including one from Wake Forest, while Georgia Tech is also showing interest.

Jackson and Galloway are recruiting Cooper for the Deacs.

Cooper on Wake Forest in a prior interview with Deacons Illustrated: "They've [Galloway and Jackson] been recruiting me hard. I've been talking to them a lot. They e-mail, they write me on Facebook, they write me on Twitter. I guess they're really trying to get me."

"They're recruiting me as a slot receiver. I play outside in high school, but I guess they're recruiting me at slot. They said they need some slot receivers."

--- Ryan Jenkins, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter, 5-foot-11 and 179 pounds. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 47 wide receiver and as the No. 26 overall prospect in Georgia.

He claims 12 scholarship offers, including one from Wake Forest, while Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee have also shown interest.

Galloway is recruiting Jenkins for the Demon Deacons.

Jenkins on his relationship with Galloway in a prior interview with Deacons Illustrated: "I'm starting to build a relationship with Coach Lonnie Galloway. Our relationship is starting to take off."

He caught 50 passes for 875 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

Another WR on Wake's radar …
Jorian Jordan.

Stay tuned for "The War Room" parts two and three that address the athletes and defensive prospects Wake Forest is pursuing.

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