Zack Wary to Wake Forest: Demon Deacons Land 3-Star LB Prospect

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

Zack Wary may have flown under the recruiting radar for quite some time, but Wake Forest will be quite pleased he did after securing his commitment. 

Paul Nielson of announced on Wednesday that Wary has decided to bring his talents to the Demon Deacons:

According to 247Sports' composite rankingsWary is a 3-star inside linebacker. Standing at 6'4" and weighing 215 pounds, he's also ranked as the 37th inside linebacker prospect in the country and the No. 4 recruit from Arkansas in the 2014 class.

247Sports scores him as an eight out of 10 in several crucial categories, including striking ability, athleticism, reactive quickness and instincts.

According to the site, Wary finished the 2013 season with 67 tackles, four tackles for loss and an interception (despite missing four games). He also accumulated 63 tackles in his junior season.

Wary was a pretty under-the-radar recruit for much of the process, but his athletic ability is what made him a standout at Rogers High. Richard Davenport of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has more:

Mounties Coach Shawn Flannigan said Wary’s athletic ability and speed showed up in a big way during an early season interception.

“He wasn’t even near the throwing lane when the ball was let go and he stuck his foot into the ground and came from the inside out and made a play on the ball underneath him,” Flannigan said. “I didn’t even see him being able to be close to making the play. He just got there.”

According to 247Sports, Wary runs the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds, a pretty elite mark for a player expected to fill the linebacker position. Davenport notes he's also an extremely bright young man, as he owns a 4.0 GPA. 

Watching Wary on tape, he seems to possess the athleticism to play strong safety at the next level. He tackles well in space and explodes to the ball once he's made his read.

That said, if he bulks up and fills out his frame, he could be an excellent sideline-to-sideline linebacker, especially considering his athleticism.

There's certainly plenty of potential here, and Wake Forest will have a lot to work with when molding him into a player at the college level. He may have been a bit of a sleeper during his recruitment, but don't be surprised if he becomes a familiar name over the next few years.


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