Roosevelt Standout Takes in Terps Practice

The Terps are receiving a lot of visitors to spring practice these days, and Terp Sports Report caught up with such player -- Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) defensive end Dalonte Wallace – after he visited Maryland for a look at practice Tuesday afternoon.

"It was really intense, everybody getting good work in," Wallace said. "I really liked it."

Wallace, an explosive 6-foot-2, 204-pound junior, has been on the Terps' radar for a while, is also been hearing a lot from Syracuse and Boston College, while Ohio State, Kansas State and N.C. State have shown varying levels of interest. Now he's excited to begin the college evaluation process. He'll likely check out Syracuse and Rutgers this weekend.

"I want to see what the programs have to offer, the facilities, the people," he said. "Soon I'll have to narrow down my list but right now they're all on the same level. I think they're all great universities. I just have to see how things work."

Wallace recorded 92 tackles and 11 sacks last season en route to all-league honors in the state's most talent-laded public school league – the Prince George's County 4A South. He has a lot of attributes that compare well to former Roosevelt standouts Derrick Harvey – now starring at Florida – and Maryland stalwart Tre Covington.

"He's a combination of Tre Covington and Derrick Harvey," Roosevelt coach Rick Houchens said. "This is saying something, now."

Wallace said he's being recruited by most schools as a weakside linebacker, but, Houchens said, he has great frame and could continue to add on pounds during the next year-and-a-half -- as Covington did -- and end up at defensive end.

"The college game is so fast, they need people to run sideline to sideline. He brings that to the table more than just the basic defensive end," Houchens said. "Or if you want him to put his hand in the dirt, he can really come off the edge."

Asked to describe his biggest strength, Wallace said, "My first step. I can get three or four steps in by the time my opponent has taken one or two."

Both Wallace and Roosevelt safety Okachu Okaroha – whom we previously featured – are players Maryland is keeping tabs on. Both are expected to begin piling offers soon, Houchens said. But Wallace isn't worrying about that yet.

"Not so much offer talk yet, but that's not real important," he said.

Though he didn't grow up on Terps football, he's watched Prince George's products like Covington, Jared Gaither and Shawne Merriman closely and has become a Terps fan in recent years. He visited for practices even before Maryland began recruiting him, he said.

TerpSportsReport.com will keep you posted on Wallace and Okoroha, as well as prized Roosevelt sophomore speedster Devon Smith, as things develop.

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