Dave Clawson continued his torrid pace on the recruiting trail yesterday when he landed yet another commitment. This time it was three-star linebacker/safety Zack Wary. Wake Forest's 2014 recruiting class currently sits at 24 commitments - 10 of those have taken place in the past two weeks alone.
Wary - who played high school ball for Rogers (Ark.) High - has fantastic size - 6-4, 220 pounds - and is known for his versatilty. This is exactly what the new Demon Deacon coaching staff is looking for. Many believe Clawson and first-year defensive coordinator Mike Elko, according to Blogger So Dear, will implement a 4-2-5 structure on defense, which is where having a guy like Wary - with the size to stop the run and the ability to cover in space - will fit in perfectly.
Rivals.com has Wary slotted as a two-star prospect, but the folks over at 247Sports.com are a little more keen to his abilities: three-star recruit, No. 23 inside linebacker in the nation, No. 4 overall prospect in Arkansas.
Wary has a reported vertical leap of 33 inches, and 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds. In only seven games, Wary was able to post some big numbers during his senior season: 91 tackles and three interceptions.
The Arkansas native was recruited by a lot programs ranging all over the counry. Indiana, Boise State, Air Force, Tulsa - and, of course, Arkansas (Wary camped with them last summer) were all a part of the picture. The Razorbacks, in particular, appeared to be the team to beat. In fact, look at his prediction page at 247Sports.com. All 10 of the recruitniks polled have him headed to Fayetteville - where he visited in mid-December - to play for Bret Bielema.
Two weeks ago, Tulsa hosted Wary on his official visit, and according to the defender it would really well. He informed InsideTulsaSports.com: "It was awesome. I liked it a lot. The campus is beautiful, and the facilities are great." The following weekend, though, he was in Winston-Salem visiting Wake Forest. And in the end, the Demon Deacons - and Clawson - won out.
If you'd like to see Wary in action, check out his Hudl page - there's a lot of good stuff over there.