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NSD Approaches, Wake Lands Two Key 2014 Recruits

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:27am
By: Brian Geisinger

Two days, and two new pledges for Dave Clawson and the Demon Deacons. Lets go in chronological order to break down these two commitments. First, on Sunday, Zeek Rodney - a three-star defensive tackle from Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe - decided he wanted to be a Deacon.

Rodney's commitment came on the final day of his official visit to the school's Winston-Salem Campus, which went smoothly for all parties involved. After touring Groves Stadium, and eating at Deacon Tower Grille (not a bad place to get some grub, as I can attest from personal experience), Rodney attended Wake's basketball game against Notre Dame Saturday Afternoon, which the Demon Deacons won 65-58.

After hanging out with some members of the team Saturday evening, Rodney started to come to a conclusion. He told DeaconIllustrated.com: "That's when I was like I could play as a teammate, as a player and a brother and when I woke up the next morning I told Coach [Clawson] 'Wake is the place I wanted to be'. He's happy. He smiled and he hopped up and shook my hand and hugged me."

Outside linebacker Wendell Dunn hosted the 6-1, 280-pound DT on his visit. Dunn was also the same man who hosted one of the other most recent Demon Deacon commitments, three-star DE Rashawn Shaw.

247Sports.com has Rodney ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina for 2014, and No. 29 overall DT in his class.

Rodney received scholarship offers from nine schools, including two other members of the ACC - Syracuse and Boston College. The Orange came very close to landing Rodney, too. In fact, he was actually on an official visit to the upstate New York campus the week prior to touring Wake Forest.

As a senior in 2013, Rodney put together a very successful senior campaign. He compiled 82 tackles - including 17 for loss - and 14 sacks while leading the Stallions to an 11-3 record.

If you'd like to see Zeek Rodney in action, make sure to check out all of the action on his Hudl page.

The new Wake Forest coaching staff wasn't done just quite yet, though. The following day, they landed another commitment, three-star QB Travis Smith.

Smith played his high school ball for Ithaca (MI) High School, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone in the 2014 class with a more highly decorated career. As a senior, the 6-3, 200-pound signal-caller completed 188 of his 264 passes (71.2%) for 3,278 yards and 42 touchdowns. He threw just seven interceptions.

The dual-threat Smith also ran for 10 touchdowns in 2013, too.

Over the course of his career, Smith led Ithaca to four straight state championships, an insane 41-0 record, and was named to the all-state team each of the last three seasons. He threw for over 8,000 yards during his high school career, and his 10,559 career total yards rank second all-time in the Michigan high school football record book.

Back in December, Smith expressed to TheRocketNation.com just how overjoyed he was to win his fourth state title: "Winning four straight state titles is really hard to explain," said Smith. "It's the best feeling I've ever had. Looking back five years ago, I never would have imagined this happening. I'm in shock." In the last game of his prep career, Smith threw for 370 yards and six touchdowns.

Smith was also named Gatorade's 2013-14 Michigan Football Player of the Year.

Rivals.com has Smith slated as the No. 24 dual-threat QB in the 2014 class, and the No. 18 overall player in the state of Michigan. 247Sports.com, on the other hand, has him ranked as the No. 44 prospect in Michigan for his class.

Smith initially committed to Toledo last summer. He remained committed to Rockets up until an official visit to Wake Forest this last week - yes, the same weekend Rodney was in Winston-Salem. One day after his visit ended - and a day after Rodney pledged - Smith followed suit.

His commitment raises Wake's 2014 class to 20. Also, Smith joins three-star John Wolford - who committed to the Demon Deacons only days after the coaching change - as the other quarterback in the class. Clawson, in my opinion, deserves some credit for being able to hold this class together, and add some nice pieces in only a short span of time.

Check here if you'd like to see Smith in action: