East Carolina football gave its recruits quite the game day experience during its 34-6 win over Tulane Saturday Nov. 22. South View defensive end Shomari Wallace was one of the prospects that made it out for the game.
Wallace had a good impression of ECU going into the visit , but he had never been. The atmosphere lived up to the hype.
“The loyal fans (at ECU) really brought a different vibe to the game,” said the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Wallace. “It was exciting to be on the sideline during warm-ups. It made me think about being out there one day.”
The visit was a big step in the relationship between Wallace and ECU. He mentioned he spoke with his area recruiter, special-teams coordinator Kirk Doll, who told Wallace he will stop by his school to move forward with recruiting in December.
Everyone who watched the game against Tulane witnessed history. ECU wide receiver Justin Hardy became the NCAA’s all-time receptions leader passing former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles’ mark of 349 set back in 2011.
Wallace was inspired by Hardy’s performance.
“Hardy setting that record is something that makes me think,” said Wallace. “It makes me think about what record held by a lineman I could break if I got (to ECU), like most sacks. I want to strive to break a lot of records.”
While he didn’t set records on the field last season for South View, Wallace did his part and impressed college coaches. He was selected first team all-conference in his region and has tremendous upside for the next level of play.
As of right now Wallace hasn’t received his first official Division I offer, but he hopes ECU will be one of the schools to break the ice.
The Pirate defense played a tough game against Tulane keeping the Green Wave out of the end zone. Wallace was impressed with what he saw from the unit.
“I loved seeing the defense keep them out of the end zone,” said Wallace. “When an offense can’t do anything it pumps me up. The intensity was high and I liked the way they were lined up. ECU runs the same formations on defense that I’m used to.”
The most recent school to open up recruitment with Wallace is Clemson, but ECU, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State and Duke have been on his case for a while.
In regards to moving forward in his recruitment, Wallace mentioned he plans on scheduling a visit to ECU again in order to see the campus side of things. His visit will likely happen sometime this spring.