Deacons Ink 16 To LOIs

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe on Wednesday announced the signing of 16 prospective student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend Wake Forest.

The signing class consists of players from seven states including eight from Florida and three from Georgia. The Demon Deacons also gained commitments from players in Arizona, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas.

Offensively, Wake will have nine additions including quarterback Ted Stachitas from Jacksonville, FL Nease High School. Stachitas, the Florida Times Union Player of the Year, succeeded Tim Tebow as quarterback at Nease. Tebow won the Heisman Trophy last fall as the quarterback at the University of Florida.

The Deacons will welcome four new offensive linemen including Gabe Irby (6-3, 315) of Habersham, GA; Joe Looney (6-3, 315) of Lake Worth, FL; Chance Raines (6-2, 270) of Jacksonville (Bolles School) and Garrick Williams (6-4, 314) of Columbia, MO (Rock Bridge).

The new offensive players also include a pair of tight ends in J.T. Dixon (6-4, 230) who comes toWake Forest from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA, and Andrew Parker (6-5, 225) from Jacksonville, FL (Bartram Trail). Terence Davis (6-1, 180) of Lilburn, GA (Brookwood) is the lone projected wide receiver in the class while Lovell Jackson (5-10, 170) of Tampa, FL (Plant) is the only running back signed by the Deacons.

The seven newest members of the Deacon defense include a trio of linemen, three linebackers and a cornerback. On the defensive front, Wake Forest will add Derricus Ellis (6-2, 225) from Rome, GA (Darlington); Kevin Smith (6-4, 210) from Plano, TX (East) and Ramon Booi (6-6, 330) from Jacksonville, FL (Nease). At linebacker, the Deacons are joined by Scott Betros (6-1, 220) from Jacksonville, FL (Bolles), Joey Ehrmann (6-4, 210) from Baltimore, MD (Gilman) and Riley Haynes (6-1, 225) from Jacksonville, FL (Nease). The newcomer in the secondary is Kenny Okoro (6-0, 185) from Greensboro, NC (Dudley).

Among the newcomers, two have brothers already playing for the Deacons. Ellis is the brother of starting linebacker Chantz McClinic while Riley Haynes is the younger brother of linebacker Hunter Haynes.

Four members of the signing class are already enrolled in classes at Wake Forest and will participate in spring drills. Looney and Williams each graduated from high school in December. Dixon finished his coursework at Hargrave Military in December and Raines sat out the fall semester while rehabbing a broken foot.

Wake's signing class includes eight players from Florida including six from the Jacksonville area. Booi, Stachitas and Haynes were all members of the Nease High team that played in three straight state championship games and won the title in 2005. The addition of Betros and Raines from the Bolles School gives Wake Forest five players with ties to the Buccaneers including returners Riley Skinner, John Russell and Cannon Gaskin.

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