LSU Wants Wallace

LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is known for reeling in high school linebacker prospects and turning them into cream of the crop college talents. For 2011, one name Chavis has his sights set on is Anthony Wallace.

Skyline High is not just one of the best teams in Dallas, they are one of the elite programs in the Lone Star State. So far this year, the Raiders have not dropped a game.

With a date against De Soto High in SMU’s stadium on Saturday, Skyline looks to take another step towards a state championship in Cowboys Stadium.

“One game at a time,” said junior linebacker Anthony Wallace. “De Soto is thinking about revenge. We have some great guys on this team, so I think we can stay focused and take it all the way.”

You might not know Wallace’s name yet (don’t worry, you will), but you are certainly familiar with a few of the names on the Skyline roster.

Mike Davis, the team’s star receiver, was the first player committed to LSU’s 2010 recruiting class.

The decision came as somewhat of a surprise to most, and though rumors have swirled of a possible 11th hour change of heart, the five-star prospect has denied contact with the Texas staff and maintains that he is committed to sign with LSU this February.

Linebackers Corey Nelson and Dominique Patterson were also once flirting with the LSU program, though their commitments later went to Texas A&M, long-tabbed the hometown favorite for both Raiders.

Now, the spotlight switches to the 2011 class, and the Raiders top defensive prospect is a four-star linebacker -Anthony Wallace.

At 6-foot-2, 235-pounds, the Dallas native is tabbed as one of the nation’s best linebacker prospects for next season’s recruiting class.

And though only a junior, the offers are pouring in.

“LSU, Miami, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M and a bunch of other schools have come and offered,” Wallace said. “It is kind of overwhelming, but I am not trying to think about it right now. My focus is on the playoffs and nothing else.”

When the season ends, Wallace begins his mission of finding a college that he can call home for four years.

“Everything will get into full effect after the season ends,” he said. “I hadn’t even had the time to get know the coaching staffs from these schools, so everyone is in the same spot right now. I plan to do some unofficial visits later this year.”

What schools land the early visits from Wallace remains to be seen, but the four-star prospect offered a few early hints.

“I would say Texas, Oklahoma, USC and LSU are teams that kind of stand out in terms of what I would like to get out and see.”

After LSU wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy locked up Davis soon after 2010 signing day, he turned his focus to the rest of the Skyline team. While seniors Patterson and Nelson did not work out, the Tigers could find themselves in the race for Wallace, who received his offer from McCarthy last June.

“I was shocked,” Wallace said. “It was a pretty big moment for me. I just thought, this is ‘the’ LSU, and I couldn’t believe it.”

With Davis in Wallace’s ear about coming on board in Baton Rouge, as well as Nelson and Patterson’s attempt to sway the junior towards College Station, Wallace said that his mind is always racing.

“They are always talking to me and telling me about the school they are going to and how I should start visiting and stuff like that,” Wallace laughed. “It has been a weird trend. A couple of years ago some guys went to Minnesota. Then some guys just committed to Texas A&M and LSU. We will see how it works out as I get into my senior year. I am in no rush right now.”


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