New Leader for Wallace

After narrowing his list down to two programs, Charlotte (NC) Olympic offensive lineman Andrew Wallace has named a leader.

No player in the state saw his stock rise more this spring and summer than Charlotte (NC) Olympic offensive lineman Andrew Wallace. In late March he attended the Shrine Bowl combine with no offers but peformed well. Following that performance, Wallace attended the combine and was even better. Measuring in at 6-5 and 260 pounds, Wallace ran an impressive 4.76-second 40-yard dash, had a 25-inch vertical jump and 4.79-second short shuttle.

After sending out junior film, Wallace secured early offers from Miami, Illinois, Maryland, and Buffalo with the Hurricane offer coming as a surprise but proving he was a legitimate big-time prospect.

"That was a big time offer," said Wallace. "I was totally shocked. They came by the school and left the offer there. I had a chance to talk to coach Barrow later so I was pretty excited."

Now the 2007 season is underway. Playing right guard for Olympic, he helped lead his team to a win over Providence in the first game of the season. Next up is state-power Charlotte (NC) Independence.

"I feel like that is the place."

"We won 34-20," said Wallace. "We beat a Sweet 16 team so that's good. Independence is just another team... just another game. I don't look at it any different.

"I was at right tackle last year but I moved to right guard because we are short on linemen. Coach made some adjustments because we pull and run a lot more now."

Wallace is now balancing his senior year with his college recruitment. A three-star prospect, he is considered one of the state of North Carolina's top offensive line prospects. Boasting offers from Tennessee, Miami, NC State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Buffalo, Marshall, and Illinois, he recently narrowed his list to two schools.

"It is still Tennessee and [NC] State," said Wallace. "I'm going to State's first game in a couple of weeks."

Tennessee was the early favorite, as Wallace camped in Knoxville and came away impressed. After taking a summer tour to six of the programs that offered him, he came back down to the Vols and Wolfpack but with them even. Now it appears NC State has continued its surge with Wallace, as the Wolfpack have emerged as the new leader.

"My leader is State," he stated. "I feel like that is the place. Also, just take a look at State's recruiting class."

Wallace, who admits that he grew up a fan of NC State, attended a game at Carter-Finley last fall. He will be back in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's season opener against Central Florida. Wallace has stated that he would like to make a decision this summer, preferrably at the start of his senior season. Is there a chance that he will commit to NC State on this next visit?

"We'll see," replied Wallace.

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