Deacon Football Recruiting: An Impressive Start

The Wake Forest Demon Deacon football coaches did their homework early this year – especially in the state of North Carolina. That effort has already begun to pay off for the Demon Deacon football program.

Before the fireworks were set off over the July 4th holiday, Wake Forest had already picked up commitments from two of the state's top prospects.

While other programs were holding off on the recruitment of Dennis Godfrey and Marshall Williams, Wake Forest's coaching staff pushed hard for the duo, showing each heavy interest early in their recruitment.

Godfrey, a tight end prospect out of Lee County High School in Sanford, North Carolina, was brought in for an unofficial visit while school was still in session and received stacks of mail from the Deacon coaches early in the process. Godfrey favored the Deacons throughout the months of April and May.

June brought a change in his recruitment for Godfrey – and for the better. Godfrey picked up offers from several schools including East Carolina and North Carolina while the coaches at N.C. State told him an offer was on the way. While the Wake coaches held off an offer until they were able to see Godfrey in person, Godfrey had thoughts of committing to North Carolina as the Tar Heel coaching staff pushed the tight end prospect to commit while at camp.

After the offers began to roll in, Wake's coaches quickly set up a visit for Godfrey to check out Winston-Salem again and, after visiting Wake Forest, he committed to the Demon Deacon program.

Like Godfrey, Durham (N.C.) Riverside wide receiver also favored Wake Forest early in the process as Coach Mullen, his recruiting coach, and the coaching staff showed him early on that he was a priority. Wake Forest was the first to offer and recruited him hard through his commitment on Monday of this past week.

Thanks to the coaching staff's work in building a relationship with each prospect early in their recruitment, Wake Forest has secured the commitment of two of the top 25 prospects in the state of North Carolina. "Wake has really started to work hard on early commitments this year from its top targets," said East Coast Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit, "and that is pretty evident with the talent already in the fold."

"Marshall Williams is a solid all-around wide receiver that came on the recruiting scene late in the combine season," said ACC recruiting analyst Don Callahan. "He has good speed, good hands, runs crisp routes, and has the ability to go up and catch the ball.

"Dennis Godfrey has a good frame and can probably play a couple of positions at the next level. He can shed some baby fat and get into the weight room and have an amazing body. He has an uncanny ability to come up with the catch – very good concentration. To land these two in-state commitments so early as both are around the top 25 in-state should help in-state recruiting the remainder of the recruiting season."

The Demon Deacon coaching staff is hoping that ends up being the case as the Deacon staff is still chasing a host of in-state prospects such as tight end Vince Jacobs and linebacker Matthew Woodlief. Though Jacobs slightly favors UVa over Wake, Woodlief currently has Wake as his heavy favorite and expects to decide soon.

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