Pack Evaluating Wallace

NC State is keeping a close eye on Hope Mills (NC) South View defensive lineman Shomari Wallace. He talks with Pack Pride about his recent visit to Raleigh and interest in the Wolfpack.

South View (Hope Mills, NC) defensive lineman Shomari Wallace is focusing on schools in the state before others.

There is an easy explanation for that. Local schools like NC State, Duke and East Carolina have recruited Wallace harder than most other schools. They might not be the only schools interested but they know the most about Wallace, have watched him more than others and have talked to him more than others too.

Wallace has been to East Carolina and he was at NC State for the third time for their recent junior day event. He was at two NC State games before this weekend and this trip was more laid back and less about the game day experience. The game day experience was not a part of the trip at all. This visit was about talking to coaches and learning more about the school.

“We got a tour of the campus. We talked to the coaches and got to know them a little better. I got to see what they do with film and how they go about breaking that down. I was with Coach Nielsen and I got to know him a little better. I liked the way he pointed things out. He told us exactly how he thinks we need to become better and what we need to do so we can be one of the top picks later on.”

It is not surprising that a high school football recruit is already thinking about the NFL. There is a stop between high school and pro football and Wallace will need to get there first. If NC State offers it would be a school that has some pull. He said if they offer they would be at the top of his list.

Wallace (6-2, 260) is not sure if or when NC State might offer. Nielsen and the other coaches have not talked to him about that. Working in his favor is his willingness to play different positions.

“One thing about NC State is they run with a nose and it’s a little different than what we do at South View. We run a 4-3 which is the same but we don’t run a nose. We run a one and a three or a one and a one. We don’t run a nose guard so that’s a difference.”

Over the next year Wallace wants to add up to twenty pounds and if he does that it would be easy to see him playing defensive tackle.

Wallace is an accomplished wrestler and was an NSHCA All-American. Malik McDonald was his wrestling teammate at South View and he is now a freshman wrestler in the NC State program.

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