The UK staff has added a defensive tackle to its football recruiting board as a new high school season is kicking off across the country.
The Wildcats extended a scholarship offer to Atlanta (Ga.) Marist defensive tackle Steve Wallace earlier this week, according to his coach.
"They've been on Steve for a while," Marist coach Alan Chadwick said. "They got a chance to see him this spring and then again in the summertime at camp. They like him a lot, from what I can gather from coach (Randy) Sanders. He used to recruit a lot down here when he was with Tennessee.
At 6-foot-1 and 288 pounds, Wallace is a prototype nose tackle. He helped lead the War Eagles to a 9-2 record and a No. 11 ranking in Georgia's Class 4A as a junior.
"He's a fireplug," Chadwick said. "He's got that low center of gravity and tremendous strength. He's really tough to move there.
"And for a big guy, he moves his feet really well."
Wallace bench presses over 300 pounds and squats more than 400.
Kentucky was the first SEC/BCS offer for Wallace, who remains something of a hidden gem for now, according to Chadwick. That may change if Marist has a big season, as expected. The Eagles have four or five D-I prospects.
"Troy and Jacksonville State are his other two offers right now," Chadwick said of Wallace. "I think he's pretty open in the (recruiting) process. He's excited about the Kentucky offer, but I don't think he's close to any kind of decision. He's going to wait and see what happens this fall."
Marist has a scrimmage on Friday. The Eagles open the regular season next week against Clarke Central.
The defensive line has been a key focus for the UK staff in the Class of 2013. The Cats already have a verbal commitment from Clay County's Jacob Hyde, and 2011 signee David Washington, who is at Hinds Community College in Mississippi now, says he plans to re-sign with UK when he departs the junior college ranks.
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