Written by Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe on Wednesday announced the addition of 25 newcomers to the Demon Deacon football squad. Grobe announced the signing of 22 prospective student-athletes to National Letters of Intent and also released the names of three newcomers who enrolled at Wake Forest in January.
The signing class consists of players from 12 states including five from Florida and four each from Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. In addition, the Deacons received commitments from players in Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The class is evenly distributed on both sides of the ball. Wake Forest is adding 14 defensive players, 10 on offense, and one kicker.
The 25 signees mark the most since Grobe became head coach prior to the 2001 season. The previous largest class was 23 in 2003.
The Deacons will welcome four new offensive linemen including center Cory Helms (6-4, 290) from Milton High School near Atlanta and his high school teammate Josh Harris (6-4, 290). Wake Forest will also add linemen Cameron Gardner (6-5, 275) from Bailey, NC (Southern Nash) and Taylor Chambers (6-8, 300) from Columbia, SC (Irmo).
Three receivers will join Wake Forest next fall including wideout Tyree Harris (6-2, 180) of Marietta, GA (Marietta). The Deacons also signed a pair of tight ends/H-backs in Cam Serigne (6-3, 215) of Ashburn, VA (Briar Woods), and Brendan O'Neil (6-4, 220) of Burlington, MA (Buckingham Browne and Nichols).
Wake Forest added a quarterback in 6-3, 195-pound Michael Radford of Charlotte, NC (Country Day). Two running backs also inked with the Deacons. Dez Wortham (6-0, 205) of Frisco, TX (Hebron) is coming off ACL surgery last fall and John Armstrong (5-9, 165) of Orlando, FL (Olympia) has all the tools to become a slot receiver.
On defense, Wake Forest added five outside linebackers to fit its 3-4 scheme. The quintet includes Julian Thomas-Jackson (6-4, 210) of Dothan, AL (Dothan), Wendell Dunn (6-3, 210) of Miami, FL (Palmetto), Lance Virgile (6-2, 220) of Fort Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas), Ali Lamot (6-2, 200) of Mebane, NC (Eastern Alamance) and Duke Ejiofor (6-4, 220) of Houston, TX (Alief Taylor).
Both of Wake Forest's new inside linebackers are already enrolled and will participate in spring drills. They include Marquell Lee (6-3, 220) of Pomfret, MD (Westlake) and Ford Howell (6-1, 225) from Memphis, TN (University School).
The Deacons will add five newcomers in the secondary including cornerbacks Deonte Davis (5-10, 170) of Snellville, GA (South Gwinnett), Josh Okonye (6-0, 185) of Sugar Land, TX (George Ranch), Brad Watson (6-0, 170) of Round Rock, TX (Round Rock), and Jalen Latter (6-0, 185) of Charlotte, NC (Vance) as well as safety Michael Stevenson (6-0, 175) of Clearwater, FL (Central Catholic).
Along the defensive front, Wake Forest signed Andrew Hauser (6-2, 235) of Covina, CA (Charter Oak). The Deacons have James Looney (6-3, 275) of Lake Worth, FL (Lake Worth) on campus as an early enrollee. Looney, a projected nose guard, is the younger brother of former Wake Forest All-ACC guard Joe Looney, now with the San Francisco 49ers.
Wake Forest also added a kicker/punter in Mike Weaver (6-1, 180) of Pine City, NY (Elmira Southside). Weaver has been out of high school for two years while pursuing college football opportunities after a stellar amateur soccer career.
• Lance Virgile, from St. Thomas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is from the same high school that produced Wake Forest great Brian Piccolo. The stadium at St. Thomas is named after Piccolo. At the time Piccolo attended the school, it was known as Central Catholic.
• With the addition of OL Josh Harris, Wake Forest will have three players named Josh Harris on next year's squad. The senior Harris is a running back from Duncanville, Texas who has rushed for 1,760 career yards. He will be a senior in 2013. Another Josh Harris is a walk-on defensive back from Raeford, NC who did not see any game action last fall. The newest Josh Harris is an offensive lineman.
• The largest signing classes in the Grobe Era include this year's group of 25, followed by 23 in 2003, and 22 in 2005 and 2000.
• Quarterback Michael Radford's father, Michael, Sr., was a guard at Marshall when Jim Grobe was an assistant coach with the Thundering Herd (1979-83).
2013 Wake Forest Football Signees
Name Pos Ht Wt Hometown/High School/Last School
John Armstrong RB 5-9 165 Orlando, FL Olympia
Taylor Chambers OL 6-8 300 Columbia, SC Irmo
Deonte Davis CB 5-10 170 Snellville, GA South Gwinnett
Wendell Dunn OLB 6-3 210 Miami, FL Palmetto
Duke Ejiofor OLB 6-4 220 Houston, TX Alief Taylor
Cameron Gardner OL 6-5 275 Bailey, NC Southern Nash
Josh Harris OL 6-4 290 Milton, GA Milton
Tyree Harris WR 6-2 180 Marietta, GA Marietta
Andrew Hauser DE 6-3 265 Covina, CA Charter Oak
Cory Helms C 6-4 290 Alpharetta, GA Milton
Ford Howell ILB 6-1 225 Memphis, TN University School
Ali Lamot OLB 6-2 200 Mebane, NC Eastern Alamance
Jalen Latter CB 6-0 185 Charlotte, NC Vance
Marquel Lee ILB 6-3 220 Pomfret, MD Westlake
James Looney DL 6-3 275 Lake Worth, FL Lake Worth
Josh Okonye CB 6-0 185 Sugar Land, TX George Ranch HS
Brendan O'Neil TE 6-4 220 Burlington, MA Buckingham Browne and Nichols
Michael Radford QB 6-3 195 Charlotte, NC Country Day
Cameron Serigne TE 6-3 215 Ashburn, VA Briar Woods
Michael Stevenson S 6-0 175 Clearwater, FL Central Catholic
Julian Thomas-Jackson OLB 6-4 210 Dothan, AL Dothan
Lance Virgile OLB 6-2 220 Ft. Lauderdale, FL St. Thomas
Brad Watson CB 6-0 170 Round Rock, TX Westwood
Mike Weaver P/PK 6-1 180 Pine City, NY Southside
Dez Wortham RB 6-0 205 Frisco, TX Hebron
Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.