After several good years under under Jim Grobe, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have really fallen off in the least few years and although a lot of that has to do with the return to prominence of two power programs, the Clemson Tigers and Florida State Seminoles, both of whom won BCS Bowl Games last season (The Tigers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl and the Seminoles took down the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Title Game), the Demon Deacons feel they should be consistently making bowl games.
That’s why former Bowling Green Falcons’ coach Dave Clawson was named Wake Forest’s new coach. Clawson has already made a big move, getting a commitment from 3-star defensive tackle Lee Autry.
Autry announced the commitment via his twitter account.
I’m committing to Wake Forest University
— Big Lee (@LeeAutry) May 23, 2014
Autry was welcomed by fellow defensive line commit Paris Black.
— Paris (@Paris7black) May 23, 2014
Black, a 6’4, 235-pound 3-star strong-side defensive end is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and attends Terry Sanford High School. The Demon Deacons’ other commitment is 3-star offensive tackle T.J. Haney. The 6’6, 315-pound Haney attends Gaffney High School in Gaffney, South Carolina.
The 6’2, 265-pound Autry attends Albemarle High School in Albemarle, North Carolina.
He is ranked as the country’s 33rd-best defensive tackle prospect, the 20th-best overall prospect in the state of North Carolina and the 546th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Autry also holds offers from the Mississippi State Bulldogs and North Carolina Tar Heels, so landing him was quite the accomplishment.