February is Not Too Early to Think Football

02/03/15

Dear Deacon Club members,Faircloth_Barry

The end of the football recruiting period, culminating with Signing Day, is an exciting time for college football fans pining for next season in the dead of winter. It provides a glimpse of the future for Wake Forest football. Who will be the next Alphonzo Smith or Riley Skinner? The promise of a new recruiting class always creates an electric atmosphere for future and current Demon Deacons.

To say that Coach Clawson and his staff have been busy on the road is a tremendous understatement. Just to give you an idea of the hectic schedule common during this recent recruiting period, here is a sample two-day schedule for our coaching staff:

  • Day 1: Winston-Salem to Mobile, AL to Atlanta, GA to Richmond, VA to Baltimore, MD.
  • Day 2: Baltimore, MD to Pittsfield, MA to Williamstown, MA to Pittsfield, MA to Winston-Salem.

Coach has been very vocal about the importance of recruiting and his dedication to bringing the very best to Winston-Salem is evident in his travel schedule. How will our recruiting class stack up? I am not sure, for Signing Day is tomorrow, but early indications suggest that this class will be the highest ranked in Wake Forest history.

Coach Clawson and his staff have worked tirelessly in the identification, evaluation and recruitment of this outstanding class, and I am looking forward to learning more about our newest football student-athletes at the Signing Day reception tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. in Bridger Field House. I hope you will be able to join me at this event, which is always one of the highlights of the year. To register, please click here.

As Coach Clawson has implied, the success of any staff hinges greatly on the quality of talent that we are able to attract in the recruiting process, which begins when our coaches identify players that are a good fit for Wake Forest, both athletically and academically. Once contacted, recruiting is all about selling Wake Forest University, our coaching staff and our facilities.

Recently our facilities have undergone dramatic changes and thanks to the generosity of donors like you, are now more than ever a valuable asset in the recruiting process. The construction site of McCreary Field House currently looks like a new intersection of I-40 behind the Miller Center with the sheer amount of earth that has been cleared to make way for this critical facility (click here for photos). The bulldozers and trucks are constantly busy and serve as a daily reminder of the progress being made and exciting things to come for our student-athletes.

Although the excitement surrounding McCreary Field House is palpable, it also serves as a harbinger of more good things to come. The Sports Performance Center, which will include a new weight room and coaches offices, will also serve all of our student-athletes by allowing multiple teams to work out simultaneously and alleviating some of the scheduling conflicts that arise with the space limitations of our current weight room facility. The faster we are able to begin construction on the Sports Performance Center, the better we will be able to train our student athletes and improve our appeal to recruits, aiding our coaches in attracting future Demon Deacon greats.

As winter gives way to spring, football will quickly begin spring practices which start on March 2, 2015 and culminate with the Spring Game on April 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone out at BB&T Field for what promises to be an exciting inter-squad game. Once the Spring Game is over it won’t be long until the team is suiting up for the first home game. This year, we will match up against Elon on September 3 to kick off the 2015 football season. The 2015 Season promises to be a great one with Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Duke, Indiana and Elon coming to BB&T Field. For the full schedule, please click here.

The Deacon Club will have travel packages for the Notre Dame game and the Army game this year, which are two of my all-time favorite trips and are not to be missed. More information regarding travel opportunities for Army and Notre Dame will be finalized and sent out in the coming weeks.

As Coach Clawson moves into his second year, I am sure we will make great progress under his leadership. We may be one of the youngest teams in Division I football, but this only means that our future is bright. If you close your eyes you can almost smell the tailgate aromas, hear the band playing and see the sun glinting off the helmets as the Deacs take the field. Football is right around the corner.

Go Deacs!

Barry Faircloth