College football's top recruits continued to fly off the board today with four-star offensive lineman Brian Wallace of Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis being the latest as he has decided to play for Arkansas, according to the Army All-American Bowl's official Twitter feed:
Wallace is the No. 13 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 119 player overall, according to 247Sports.com's composite ranking. Among the teams interested in securing Wallace were Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Ultimately, the tackle picked the Razorbacks:
At 6'6" and 305 lbs., Wallace already has the ideal size needed to excel at the next level. As seen in this video, though, he is still very mobile for a big man, which means he should be able to hold his own against speed rushers once he settles in:
It's hard not to like Wallace since he has all the tools necessary to be a stalwart tackle against elite competition. It may take some time to settle in since the level of competition will be much higher than Wallace is accustomed to, but the natural talent is definitely present.
According to Greg Powers of Scout.com, Wallace projects as a right tackle currently, although that isn't set in stone.
Has very good upper and lower body playing strength. Has a very strong punch that stops defenders in their tracks. Strong enough to finish once he locks on. Seems to be a prototype RT with potential to be a LT.
Powers also understands why Wallace was so highly sought after throughout the recruitment process.
A big prospect who has a ton of potential and moves very well for his size. It is no surprise that he is heavily recruited by BCS programs. He is tall and long, but has good weight in the lower body and a strong, balanced base.
Wallace's already-impressive resume was also bolstered by an invite to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Playing in that game allowed him to showcase his skill set on the national stage, and deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing Mark Davis was happy to have him, per Powers.
“Wallace is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Christian Brothers College High School,” Davis said. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and we are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
How do you believe Wallace projects at the collegiate level?
As good as Wallace looks on paper as well as on tape, it's always difficult to project how an offensive tackle will translate. He hasn't yet been tested by a level of competition comparable to what he'll see next season and beyond, so it will definitely be an adjustment period for him.
What happens over the next year or so will say a lot about his progress even if he red shirts or doesn't play with great regularity. Wallace simply has to get his feet wet when it comes to competing collegiately, and then he'll be better prepared to take on a starting role when need be.
Until then, it will be very interesting to track Wallace's transition to major college football.
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