The 2010 Wake Forest recruiting class which was assembled by Gaudio and his staff was a highly touted group, but unfortunately for Wake Forest fans two of the more highly thought of members, J.T. Terrell and Melvin Tabb, are now no longer with the team. Following that the 2011 class didn't draw great reviews, and coming on the heels of an 8-24 season Wake fans were looking for hope.
They now have that in the form of their highly rated 2012 class. The last time Scout.com updated the team rankings, Wake was ranked as the No. 13 team in the country. That however was before landing three-star power forward Tyler Cavanaugh and four-star combo forward Arnaud Moto.
Moto especially is a huge get for the Demon Deacons. He is the type of strong athlete that has the versatility to guard multiple positions as well as the toughness to get things done on the offensive end near the rim. Landing Moto over schools such as UCLA, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Florida is a huge coup for Wake Forest.
Not only is Moto a top 60 prospect, but he complements the frontcourt players already in the class for the Demon Decons. Andre Washington, Tyler Cavanaugh, and Devin Thomas are all solid players, but none is the type of explosive athlete who has dominated at a high level like Moto. His toughness will be a welcome addition.
Maybe most importantly, this six man class will give Bzdelik and his staff something tangible to hand their hat on. When the recruiting class rankings are updated next, it is likely that the Deacons will be in the top 10.
With a high level scorer like Codi Miller-McIntyre and a versatile perimeter oriented wing like Aaron Rountree, both of whom are both top 100 prospects, the Wake coaches have a class that will replenish the talent level at a school that needs some right now.
Following his recruiting effort in 2011, some questioned if Bzdelik could recruit. Well he has proven without a doubt that he definitely can do that. Three top 100 prospects, and three other well thought of three-stars make for a class that will no doubt will rank highly in the always tough ACC.
Now having to compete with Syracuse and Pittsburgh, along with teams such as North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, and the rest of the current ACC membership, there is no doubt that Wake Forest needed a statement recruiting class, and right now it looks like Bzdelik and staff have done that.