Recruiting Overview: Deacon FB Verbals

The following is a look at the 17 class of 2005 Wake Forest Demon Deacon football commitments to date as well as their offers and a note or quote on each.

RB/CB L.J. Flintall
Offers: Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke, Navy, North Carolina A&T, Vanderbilt
Quotable:  "He really sees the holes and accelerates through them," Cummings coach Steve Johnson said. "I think that his best asset is the way he accelerates through the holes. That's definitely a big thing for him."

"L.J. is one of those good kids, he's a very polite gentleman," Johnson said. "He's a guy who sells himself. He knows how to carry himself in a very positive manner, he knows how to carry himself in a respectable manner. That's two attributes you don't often see in 16 or 17-year old kids."

WR Jonathan Jones
Offers: Wake Forest
Notable:  Jones is also one of the better basketball players in the state of Tennessee.

TE Ben Wooster
Offers: Wake Forest, Louisville
Notable:  Wooster and Wake's other tight end commitment, Ted Randolph, both visited Wake Forest on the same day. Both committed to the Deacon program the same week as well.

TE Ted Randolph
Offers: Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke, ECU, South Carolina, Clemson, Stanford
Notable:  Wooster and Wake's other tight end commitment, Ted Randolph, both visited Wake Forest on the same day. Both committed to the Deacon program the same week as well.

OL Trey Bailey
Offers: Wake Forest, Clemson, Furman
Quotable:  "Bailey's got terrific drive off the ball, wide in pass protection, and just a heady player that knows how to play with grit and strength," said's Miller Safrit.

WR/DB Channing Schofield
Offers: Wake Forest, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Coastal Carolina
Quotable:  "From our [high school team's] perspective, we run against teams that run the wishbone and Wing-T," said Schofield. "I don't have that much experience against man-to-man on receivers and covering their routes. Everything else, my skills are top notch, tackling, speed, catching and stuff. Everything is top notch."

QB Brett Hodges
Offers: Wake Forest
Quotable:  "We showed them a bunch of film and he really liked Brett on film," said Hodges' head coach Steve Katz. "[Coach Elrod] really liked what he saw in the jamboree and after it was over, he came up to me and said ‘I'm sold on him coach, I'm completely sold on him.' He said he was going to talk to the quarterbacks coach and see what was going on and they reached a decision pretty quickly."

FB Mike Rinfrette
Offers: Wake Forest, North Carolina, Vanderbilt
Quotable:  "He can play so many positions and he has great hands," stated Bunn High School Head Coach David Howell. "So I don't know where he's going to end up playing. He runs good, he runs a 4.8. I have never had a kid that could play so many positions."

RB/LB Kevin Harris
Offers: Wake Forest, Alabama, Miami (Fl.), East Carolina, Marshall, Maryland, Central Florida, South Florida
Quotable:  "Kevin is a hard worker in the weightroom," said father/coach Mick Harris. "He had a lot of successes there and he had a lot of success last year as a running back. [This summer] in the Nike sponsored combines held in eleven locations around the country, he finished in the top 25 [of all players.] He would have won two or three regional [Nike] competitions with the numbers he had."

LB Dominique Midgett
Offers: Wake Forest, Maryland, Duke, East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia
Notable:  Midgett had a great football body and will be a force at the next level. His combination of size and speed makes him a great pick-up for the Deacs. This year, Midgett has also turned into a great leader for his squad.

CB Brandon Ghee
Offers: Wake Forest, Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina
Notable:  Ghee's commitment to Wake Forest means that he will follow in the footsteps of his brother, Patrick, playing football for Jim Grobe and the Demon Deacons. Ghee may just end up being even better than Patrick, however. He has good size and all the physical tools needed to be a top notch corner at the college level.

OL Tyler Peterson
Offers: Wake Forest
Quotable:  "My goals for the season were personally to go out and play my hardest every play so I didn't regret it," Peterson said. "Improve everything. I feel that in the state, I'm underrated. I've gone out and proved I'm a dominant tackle."

OL Jeff Griffin
Offers: Wake Forest
Notable:  Griffin is the first player out of Bartram Trail High School to commit to play football at a DI school.

OL Barrett McMillin
Offers: Wake Forest
Notable:  McMillin has an incredible bench press at 500 pounds. McMillin also benches three sets of eight at 385 pounds as well. Also a good student, McMillin holds a 3.2 GPA and over an 1100 on his SATs.

OL Joseph Birdsong
Offers: Wake Forest, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt
Notable:  "Some of them said they like the quickness of my feet and the way that I play," said Birdsong. "I try to play to the whistle and try to knock my man down every single play. That's the only way that you can have fun playing the game."

OL Chris DeGeare
Offers: Wake Forest, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina
Notable:  "What sets me apart is my size and how I come off the ball quickly," DeGeare said. "I am working on my foot quickness and trying to get me strength up."

OL Gage Crews
Offers: Wake Forest, South Carolina, Southern Miss, LSU, Troy
Notable:  "I feel like I'm well rounded as far as run and pass blocking goes," Crews noted. "I need to work on my speed and just overall being more coachable."

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