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Wake whiffs on two running back recruits, new targets emerging

Since arriving at Wake Forest, Dave Clawson has had some difficulty landing out-of-state running back prospects early in the recruiting cycle.

In four classes, Clawson has landed in-state prospects Isaiah Robinson, Cade Carney and Christian Beal early. He’s had to wait until the last moment to get out-of-state Matt Colburn and Arkeem Byrd, both flips from other schools. He also landed in-state Rocky Reid as a late flip.

The only out-of-state running back to commit early has been Tyler Bell, who was not a highly recruited back in 2015.

Clawson and Wake Forest missed a couple chances to change that narrative when two out-of-state targets at running back committed to other schools.

Mateo Durant was thought to be the Deacons’ No. 1 target for several months now, but Durant committed to Duke. Durant, out of McCormick, S.C., is ranked No. 98 by 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

A secondary target, JaVeon Marlow, committed to Vanderbilt. Marlow, from Winter Haven, Fla., is ranked No. 66.

So where do the Deacons go from here?

Wake Forest’s top running back prospect now appears to be…

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