Wallace Idolized Merriman, Dreams of Terps

Maryland hopes to continue its successful pipeline with local Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. Roosevelt has been good to the Terps, producing former running back Josh Allen, offensive lineman Jared Gaither and linebacker Trey Covington.


He doesn't hold a Maryland offer yet, but Terps target Dalonte Wallace, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive end converted linebacker is familiar with the program. Wallace keeps in touch with Covington and Gaither, and has visited Maryland to watch the team practice.

Right now he has offers from Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Akron and I-AA James Madison, but he has heard from major programs such as Clemson, Illinois, Penn State, and of course the hometown Terrapins.

"I talk to [Maryland] off and on," said the rising senior, who will be switching from defensive end to linebacker for his senior season.

"They want to see if I can play linebacker," he said. "I had a dream of playing with Trey and Jared."

Wallace recently visited Virginia for its Junior Day.

"The facilities are state of the art, and the family atmosphere reminds me so much of Roosevelt," he said of his visit to Charlottesville.

Wallace models his own game after Dwight Freeney and former Terp Shawne Merriman. He believes his aggressiveness and first step as well as his spin move model the two current NFLers style of play. "My role model was Shawne Merriman growing up," he said.

Though he is not sure of his schedule, nor is he sure whether he is camping at Maryland, Wallace does hope to work on his game in the off-season.

"I'm trying to perfect my first step, and I just want to finish through all of my plays," he said.

Wallace has not been on campus for an official visit, but has seen enough of the campus and program to form an opinion.

"[I like] their history. They generate so many top players in the NFL, and they are one of the constantly improving, hard-working programs. It seems like a good place to be," he said.

He is not close to making his decision, partly because his recruitment has not picked up much yet. He does, however, know what he is looking for in a program.

"The players want to win, the family aspect and the coaching. Are they just there to use you, or do they have what's in your best interest," he explained.

The Greenbelt standout had 92 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior. He bench presses a max of 315 pounds and runs a 4.68 40-yard dash.

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