Wake Forest Signing Day Capsules
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A.J. Marshall
A.J. Marshall

Posted Feb 3, 2010

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Zachary Allen
OLB | 6-2 / 200
Pahokee (FL)
Pos Rank: 68
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 11/4/09
Committed Over: Miami (Fl), Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, West Virginia
Scouting Report: Allen has the type of frame that colleges love to mold into an OLB. He is an excellent athlete with quickness, agility, and lateral movement. He is undersized weight wise and needs to add core strength to his frame. He has the tools to be great in pass coverage, but has work to do technique wise. Allen can get after the passer. -Geoff Vogt
TE | 6-4 / 230
Bishop Kenny (FL)
Pos Rank: 59
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 8/22/09
Committed Over: Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Miami (Fl), South Carolina, Virginia Tech
Scouting Report: Basford has good hands, he finds ways to get open, and he makes things happen once he gets going downfield. He also has ideal size and has the upside to grow into a real nice-sized college tight end. His size enables him to be an effective blocker at the prep level as well. While he is big and can block he needs to get better at it. Has the ability to get down the seam and make things happen, his speed isn’t going to blow anyone away.
Daniel Blitch
C | 6-6 / 322
North Hall (GA)
Pos Rank: 21
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 7/21/09
Committed Over: Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt
Scouting Report: Blitch is a big offensive lineman that has the size to play tackle on the next level, but he has shown on the high school level that he is best on the inside. He had a great year at center as a junior and he could end up there or ant guard in college. He is very flexibile for a big guy and can get to the second level. He needs to work on driving guys off the ball and just showing more intensity. - South Recruiting Manager Chad Simmons
Joseph Byrd
RB | 5-9.5 / 163
Ida S. Baker (FL)
Pos Rank: 205
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 2/3/10
Committed Over: Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Purdue
Scouting Report: Byrd was running in the 10.5 range as a junior in the 100. He has the type of elite speed and acceleration that is special. A RB for most of his high school career, he also played some DB and could project to either spot. Byrd's ability to take it to the house every time he touches it is enhanced by plus vision, he sees the field well and utilizes cutback lanes. Durability has been a mild concern. -Geoff Vogt
Desmond Cooper
S | 6-1 / 185
The Bolles (FL)
Pos Rank: 74
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 6/21/09
Committed Over: Arkansas, Clemson, Indiana, Maryland, Miami (Fl), Purdue
Scouting Report: Cooper has ideal size for a safety prospect and is very active on defense. Has the size to play strong safety in the box or even maybe grow into an outside linebacker in college. He’s rarely out of position and comes from a winning program, which will help his game translate even more to the next level. He lacks that elite speed but helps by always being in the right position.
RB | 6-1 / 224
West Forsyth (GA)
Pos Rank: 217
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 11/12/09
Antonio Ford
OG | 6-3 / 260
Pahokee (FL)
Pos Rank: 38
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 11/5/09
Committed Over: Louisville, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Florida, West Virginia
Scouting Report: Ford is a linemen that will get a look on both sides of the ball. He has played some DT, but might be a better fit on the OL, perhaps as a C. He lacks the typical size of an OT, but has the tools to play there, particularly a smooth back pedal. He uses his a combination of tenacity and strength to beat his man and make plays. -Geoff Vogt
Jonathan Garcia
TE | 6-3 / 220
Ida S. Baker (FL)
Pos Rank: 52
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 8/1/09
Committed Over: Delaware, Florida Atlantic, Kent State, Northern Illinois, South Florida, Toledo
Scouting Report: Garcia is one the hardest working players in the state, he has tremendous strength because of it and that allows him to be an elite blocker. He is capable of being a quality pass catcher, but did not get a ton of opportunity to showcase his skills. He needs to make his routes more precise. Defensively, Garcia played DE as a junior and MLB as a senior displaying a tremendous motor and versatility. -Geoff Vogt
OT | 6-5 / 310
Prattville Christian (AL)
Pos Rank: 191
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 1/31/10
Matt James
WR | 6-4 / 203
Sanderson (NC)
Pos Rank: 209
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 8/1/09
Committed Over: Air Force, East Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Kevin Johnson
CB | 6-1 / 160
River Hill (MD)
Pos Rank: 105
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 8/17/09
Committed Over: Connecticut, North Carolina, Richmond, Syracuse, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Scouting Report: Johnson is a smooth athlete that has the height and length to give receivers fits. He has great feel for the game. He anticipates well and is almost never out of position. Although he has good height now for cornerback, he is a late bloomer physically and will need to add weight to contend with the bigger receivers in college. He needs to get stronger on the line but he makes up for some of it with his toughness. John Wallpher / Scout
RB | 5-10 / 170
Wylie (TX)
Pos Rank: 99
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 5/25/09
Scouting Report: Nick Knott is a smaller running back who uses his quickness and ability to change direction to gain yards. He is not a banger but rather a finesse runner who can get to the outside and score on big plays from time to time. Though you cannot tell this on tape, he plays big in big games and when the game is in the balance he comes up with his best plays.
A.J. Marshall
CB | 5-10 / 180
Southern (NC)
Pos Rank: 84
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 7/18/09
Committed Over: Duke, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Scouting Report: What is most impressive with Marshall is how he comes out of his cuts and made breaks on the ball. He was a little longer than expected and that helped him in coverage. The one thing he had problems with at times was turning his body/hips the wrong way. He needs to work on that, recognize what the receiver is doing and rotate better to make better plays on the ball. - Chad Simmons
DT | 6-2 / 275
Woodberry Forest (VA)
Pos Rank: 73
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 4/8/09
Merril Noel
CB | 5-8 / 170
Pahokee (FL)
Pos Rank: 68
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 8/1/09
Committed Over: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fl), Tennessee, West Virginia
QB | 6-2 / 190
Westlake (TX)
Pos Rank: 104
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 6/23/09
Committed Over: Duke, Rice, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia
OG | 6-4 / 310
Needham Broughton (NC)
Pos Rank: 79
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 8/3/09
Committed Over: Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Elon, Virginia
Brandon Terry
WR | 6-5 / 195
Alpharetta (GA)
Pos Rank: 114
Committed to: WAKE FOREST
Commit Date: 7/13/09
Committed Over: Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Tulane, Wisconsin
Scouting Report: Terry is a wide receiver with great size and a great work ethic. He is fluid for a guy his size and he is a big target for his quarterback. He catches the ball at its highest point and he is always a big threat inside the red zone. He needs to work on his speed, getting separation, getting off press coverage, and just adding strength. He is usually a reliable receiver. - Chad Simmons - South Recruiting Anlayst

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