Anyone who has been following Wake Forest football for the past few years knows exactly what coach Jim Grobe means when he says that his 2010 recruiting class is “a typical Wake Forest class.” Translated: It’s not going to get a lot of national attention, there aren’t a lot of stars or flashy names, but somehow, eventually, they’ll develop into players with the potential to, say, beat Florida State three years in a row.
What’s different about this year’s class is that the Deacs have finally struck some balance, with about half the class expected to contribute on offense and the other on defense.
“For years we were always trying to play catch-up on one side of the ball or another, bringing in a class that was loaded on offense or loaded on defense,” Grobe said. “That’s been a problem for us since we’ve been here. We’ve been a little bit better on one side of the ball or another for a while, and I’d like to get to the point where we have a similar number of seniors on each side of the football and that’s what we were able to do a little bit in this class. We’re getting to point now where our recruiting classes are not weighted on offense or defense, we’re a little more balanced, which I like.”
Wake Forest filled its need at defensive back, where it added four players, and Grobe said it’s possible a true freshman could see playing time there. Cornerback A.J. Marshall is the lone four-star recruit in the group. The staff has also been impressed with early enrollees Antonio Ford and Zachary Allen. Quarterback Tanner Price of Austin, Texas, will also be given a chance to compete right away.
“With Riley [Skinner] gone, certainly we’d like to see one of our kids who have been here earn the job, but I don’t think you can count Tanner out,” Grobe said.
It’s also possible that the Deacs could sneak a new face into the offensive line rotation. Going into spring practice, Russ Nenon had shoulder surgery and won’t be available, leaving only nine offensive linemen available. Wake added three in this class.
“We’re to the point now where if a kid is good enough to come in and help us, we’re not opposed to putting him on the field,” Grobe said. “We just don’t want to waste his eligibility.”