Wake Forest received positive recruiting news on Monday night, adding one commitment and locking up another who was wavering.
The Deacons added a third wide receiver to the class: Waydale Jones of Beeville, Texas. He follows a pattern this cycle of tall wideouts committing to Wake. Jones is 6-4, 190 pounds, and he joins Jaquarii Roberson (6-3, 170 lbs) and Sage Surratt (6-3, 195 lbs).
Jones is rated as the No. 149 receiver in 247Sports’ composite rankings. He reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.
Until his senior season, Jones had little to show statistically for his high school career. Then a new coach replaced a run-focused offense with the Air Raid, and Jones caught 115 passes for 1,979 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior.
In January, after the recruiting dead period, offers began to roll in. Jones canceled a San Diego State visit to make his Wake Forest trip last weekend. He originally planned to visit UNC on Jan. 27-29 as he said the Tar Heels were talking to him every day. But when Beau Corrales committed to the Heels on Jan. 16, UNC closed the books on its offers to receivers.
Wake Forest now has six receivers in its last two recruiting classes. The Deacons will get a chance to develop as they return four juniors (Tabari Hines, Chuck Wade, Cortez Lewis, Alex Bachman) and two sophomores (Scotty Washington and Steven Claude) who should see the majority of the playing time.
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