2017 WR Waydale Jones (© Greg Powers/SCOUT)

Wake coach Dave Clawson continues to introduce signing class

This is the second installment of Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson's comments on the new football signing class.

Waydale Jones WR 6-4 185 Beeville, TX (Jones)

Team captain . . . A 3-star prospect ranked among the top 150 wide receivers in the nation by Scout and 247 . . . Considered the No. 28 WR in Texas . . . First team all-state Class 4A by the Associated Press . . . Was unanimously selected MVP of District 15-4A . . . Named first team all-area by the Victoria, TX Advocate . . .Named mySouTex.com offensive MVP as a senior . . . Became the first player to win mySouTex.com MVP awards in two different sports as he was the basketball MVP in 2015-16 . . . MaxPreps second team All-American selection . . . Helped lead the Trojans to a 9-3 record and district and bi-district titles as a senior . . . Broke every school receiving record in 2016 . . . Was ranked in the top five nationally with 120 receptions, 1,979 yards and 30 touchdown catches . . . Caught at least three touchdown passes in eight games as a senior . . . Had a pair of four-TD games and four games of 200 or more receiving yards . . . Had 11 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Ingleside . . . Over his final two seasons, caught 173 passes for 2,879 yards and 40 touchdowns . . . Played for Coach Jerry Bomar . . . Son of Skip and Debra Jones . . . Born Dec. 14, 1998 . . . Two-year member of the National Honor Society . . . Academic All-State selection.

Clawson on Jones: "Waydale is a great example of sometimes it's good to not fill up early and have scholarships available. Waydale really did not have much of a junior year and wasn't on anybody's list. He got a new coach his senior year with a new offense and had a monster senior season. He is a 6-4 guy with great ball skills. We really wanted to get big outside receivers. Waydale is going to help us there. He's another guy that's a multi-sport guy. I watched him practice basketball. He can dunk it every which way. I think once he focuses on just football, he's really going to fill out and become a heck of a player for us."

Sean Maginn OL 6-3 260 Suwanee, GA (North Gwinnett)

Ranked as the No. 115 offensive guard nationally by ESPN . . . Second team All-Region 6-7A on the offensive line in 2016 . . . Named to the All-Gwinnett Football team . . . Helped the team to regional titles in 2013 and 2014 and a state runner-up finish in 2013 . . . Four-year letterman for Coach Bob Sphire . . . Played left tackle as a junior and left guard as a senior . . . Also a member of the wrestling team . . . Son of Kevin and Laura Maginn . . . Born Feb. 17, 1999.

Clawson on Maginn: "Here's another multi-sport guy. He's a little undersized weight-wise, a part of that is that he's wrestled all his life. He's one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the state of Georgia. Every year he'd have to gain weight and then lose it for wrestling. Good feet and good leverage. He's competitive, but undersized. I think once he gives up wrestling and focuses on football, we'll have him beefed up. The plan will be to redshirt him if we can. We're excited to get him."

Chase Monroe LB 6-2 220 Huntersville, NC (Davidson Day)

Team captain . . . 3-star prospect by all major recruiting services . . . 247 rates him the #23 linebacker in the nation and the top LB in the state . . . Rated the No. 23 prospect in the state by the Fayetteville Observer . . . Named the state defensive player of the year by USA Today and the Charlotte Observer . . . Three-time all-state selection . . . Member of WSOC’s Big 22 in 2016 . . . MaxPreps first team All-American in 2016 . . . Finished his senior season with 204 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 10 sacks along with four forced fumbles . . . Set school records with 36 tackles in a game and 597 career tackles . . . As a junior, led the team with 129 tackles . . . Played for head coach Chad Grier . . . The Patriots beat Charlotte Latin 31-13 to win the 2015 NCSIAA Division I state championship . . . HS teammate of Cade Carney . . . Had an interception and 49-yard return in the state title game in 2015 . . . Was eighth in the discus with a personal-record throw of 112-2.5’ at state meet . . . Full name is Matthew Chase Monroe . . Son of Sondra Monroe and Matt Monroe . . . Stepmother is Lindsay Monroe . . . Born Sept. 10, 1998

Clawson on Monroe: "Chase came down here between his sophomore and junior year in one of our camps and lit it up. He's very physical and instinctive. He understands the game of football. He takes great angles and he's a worker. We've had a nice little run here with Davidson Day, that we hope will continue. Chase was one of the very best linebackers we felt we were recruiting in this year's class. I think the fact Cade Carney is having such a great experience here helped with Chase. A really good player. He's a guy along with Jeff Burley that could have a chance to play early in the rotation."

Loic Nya OL 6-3 290 Silver Spring, MD (Springbrook)

Team captain . . . Received 3 stars from Scout and was ranked the No. 73 offensive guard in the nation . . . Considered the No. 2 guard in Maryland by Scout . . . Selected to the Big 33 All-Star game . . . A two-way lineman who will focus on offense at Wake Forest . . . Member of Team Maryland Elite 100 as a defensive tackle . . . Named first team defensive tackle on the All-Sentinel team . . . Earned first team all-county and first team all-division on the defensive line . . . Selected to the Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star game . . . Played for Coach Jason Lomax . . . Had 54 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 10 sacks . . . On offense, played every snap for all 10 games . . . Native of Cameroon who moved to Maryland in 2012 . . . Played just three years of football . . . Played lacrosse as a freshman before joining the football team as a sophomore . . . Has continued to play lacrosse . . . Four-year member of the honor roll and three-year member of the French Honor Society . . . Son of Dorette and Maurice Nya . . . Born Dec. 4, 1999.

Clawson on Nya: "Another developmental. He's big and strong. He looks the part, but hasn't played football that many years. He's an excellent lacrosse player. When you watch what he does on the football field physically, the way he moved — for us that combination of size and athleticism we really liked. He committed early. We're excited to get Loic here. We'd like to redshirt him and get him in the two-deep in 2018 and get him ready by 2019."

Allan Rappleyea OL 6-5 275 Millbrook, NY (Milton Academy)

Team captain . . . 3-star prospect by 247, ESPN and Scout . . . Considered the No. 1 offensive guard in Massachusetts by Scout . . . Top 100 pick nationally by Scout and ESPN . . . Named to the USA Today All-USA Massachusetts first team . . . Earned All-Scholastic first team honors from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Patriot Ledger . . . First team All-New England and Lineman of the Year by New England Preparatory School Athletics Council . . .  Named Independent School League (ISL) All League First Team and Lineman of the Year . . . Earned Mass. Prep. Stars Gridiron Super Team first team in 2015 . . . Played for Coach Kevin MacDonald . . . Son of Kirsten and Allan Rappleyea . . . Born Nov. 15, 1997.

Clawson on Rappleyea: "He was probably our number one tackle prospect in our class. His weight, and his height. He can dunk a basketball and is really athletic. I just think it's a matter of size. Allan has the opportunity to be an outstanding tackle for us. He went to a great academic school. He committed early and then was offered by a number of other people. He never wavered, and we're really excited to get him into the fold."

Jaquarii Roberson WR 6-1 165 Murfreesboro, NC (Hertford County)

Team captain . . . A consensus 3-star prospect . . . Rated the No. 211 WR nationally by 247Sports . . . Considered the No. 5 receiver in North Carolina . . . NCPreps 2A All-State first team selection . . . Led the Bears to a conference championship and the third round of the state playoffs . . . Three-year letterman for Coach Terrance Saxby . . . Finished his senior season with 76 receptions, 1,370 yards and 15 touchdowns . . . Twice named All-Northeastern Coastal 2A Conference . . . As a junior, set school record with 66 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns . . . As a sophomore, made 30 receptions for 595 yards and nine touchdowns in just eight games . . . Also an outstanding basketball player . . . Named all-district in basketball as both a sophomore and junior . . . Averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior . . . Son of Satoya Powell and the late Paul N. Roberson, Jr. . . . Born July 29, 1998.

Clawson on Roberson: "Jacquarii is one of the best receivers in North Carolina, and another hoop player. We had him live in camp over the summer. He competed hard. He caught the ball well and is aggressive to the football. Anytime we can keep good players in state, we want to do that." 

Troy Simon CB 6-0 190 Alpharetta, GA (Milton)

Team captain . . .Consensus 3-star recruit . . . Ranked as the No. 75 safety nationally by ESPN . . . The No. 13 corner in Georgia by Scout . . . Was the defensive back MVP of the Nike Opening in 2016 . . . Named first team All-North Fulton by the Atlanta Journal Constitution . . . Helped Milton to regional titles in 2014 and 2015 . . . Four-year letterman for Coach Howie DeCristofaro . . . Had 75 tackles, three interceptions, 15 pass break-ups and a pair of fumble recoveries as a senior . . . Son of Lashawn and Troy Simon . . . Born June 30, 1999.

Clawson on Simon: "This is two years in a row we've signed a player from Milton High School. Last year we got Tyler Watson. Troy was really one of the leaders of the class. He committed early, never wavered and helped keep the class together when we lost three defensive coaches. I think this is a guy that can do it all. He's got great football instincts. He has a love and a passion for the game. When you spend time with him, you get excited. He could play corner, he could play nickel, he could play safety. Really good football instincts. He loves the game and comes from a great program. We're excited to get him."


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