The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are looking to improve on their 2012 campaign in which they went just 5-7 and missed a chance to go to the bowl season. Head coach Jim Grobe is looking to build his team back up on the recruiting trail and has added a key piece to his defense. How will three-star linebacker Jaboree’ Williams help the Deacons in 2013 and beyond?
He will bring some excellent athleticism to the defense, for one. At 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, Williams is a big undersized but has speed and playmaking ability to make up for it. In a Nike combine event, he posted a 40-yard-dash of 4.84, a 20-yard-shuttle of 4.74, a vertical of 32 inches and a 33-foot power throw.
His raw numbers won’t jump off the page, but he’s been productive enough to garner interest from major programs all over the country. Williams chose Wake Forest over other major programs like the Wisconsin Badgers, West Virginia Mountaineers, North Carolina Tar Heels and Pitt Panthers among numerous others. Williams excitedly announced his decision via his Twitter page, saying “Just committed to Wake Forest! #DEACS!”
Williams is the second member of Grobe’s 2014 class so far, joining safety Cameron Glenn who committed to Wake Forest back in April. Early returns indicate the Deacons are committed to beefing up their defense which ranked No. 98 in scoring defense a year ago, giving up an average of 31.8 points per game a year ago.
Getting Wake Forest back into ACC contention will take a major infusion of talent for Grobe’s team. Is Williams the first piece to that turnaround?