2016 DE Plans ECU Visit

2016 South View (Hope Mills, N.C.) defensive end Shomari Wallace plans to visit ECU for its game against Tulane next weekend. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his recruitment.

South View defensive end Shomari Wallace had an impressive junior season and as a result more schools are paying attention to him. Coming into the season he had schools UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State Duke and ECU pursuing him. Even though none of the schools have offered yet, they have continued contact.

“I’ve started to get more game invites from UNC, ECU and N.C. State,” said the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Wallace. “I visited UNC once and N.C. State twice already. I plan on going to visit ECU for its game against Tulane (on Nov. 22).”

Last season Wallace wasn’t interested in recruiting, instead he was focused on developing his game and working with his teammates. Things can change in a year and Wallace has started to pay more attention to his recruiting by looking into each school that is interested.

Wallace is currently keeping his options open, but he does have an opinion about the ECU Pirates.

“ECU has left a good impression on me,” said Wallace. “I’ve heard good things and bad about the school but I’m excited to have an offer. I tried to go to (ECU’s) game against UNC Chapel Hill but it was so popular I couldn’t get tickets. I keep up with the team and am excited about my first visit.”

The N.C. State Wolfpack have been pursuing Wallace the heaviest, but there is no telling which school will break the ice and give him his first Division I football offer. ECU has offered players on game day visits though so that could be something to watch for.

Last season Wallace finished with 10 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles. This year his sack number went down to two, but he brought his tackle for loss number up to 14 and has one forced fumble.

After a 2-9 finish to the season Wallace is focused on working hard for a different result in his senior campaign.

“I feel like I didn’t reach the level I needed to be as a leader this season,” said Wallace. “It was not that great of a season even though I played well individually. I’m focused more on the team concept for next season and becoming more of a team player.”

Considering how much ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill preaches “the team concept,” Wallace could be an ideal recruit for the Pirates.

Wallace’s’ strength on the defensive front is his hand play. He has developed strong hands in his years at South View, which he uses to wreak havoc on opposing offensive linemen. One thing he is working diligently to improve on moving forward is his burst off of the line. Wallace realizes adding speed to his game will be important for the next level.

There is a busy offseason ahead for Wallace as he pursues his first offer.

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