Although the Pack has secured commitments from three top-notch linebackers, they continue to leave the door open for adding a fourth at some point down the road. This past weekend they hosted one of Maryland's best in Dalonte Wallace from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD.
With offers from four smaller schools under his belt, Wallace has been hard at work in 2007 with the hopes of landing even more. The 6-1, 205 pound senior with 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash has certainly done his part as he's notched six sacks and an interception return for a touchdown in helping lead the Raiders to a 3-0 start. That production comes on top of an all-league performance as a junior when Wallace notched 92 tackles and 11 sacks.
To date, Wallace has earned offers from Akron, James Madison, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo. He's also getting steady interest from programs like NC State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Clemson, Illinois, Connecticut and UNC.
This past weekend Wallace had a chance to make the trip to NC State along with 4-star teammate Okechuckwu Okoroha. Despite the Pack's loss to Clemson, Wallace came away impressed with State.
"I liked it the moment we got there," said Wallace. "As soon as we stepped foot there you could just see all the fans and how much they support their team because they were out there early.
"I didn't have time to see all the facilities but the field area was nice and I just got a good vibe about it."
NC State defensive line coach Keith Willis is responsible for recruiting both Wallace and Okoroha and he's made a solid impression thus far.
"I had a chance to speak to coach Willis at the game," said Wallace. "He seems like a guy that always wants perfection but you can tell that he really likes what he's doing and enjoys coaching his players."
While State hasn't offered, they did seem to be quite interested after hearing about Wallace's outstanding effort thus far in 2007.
"They let me know they wanted to see my film immediately," he said. "They really wanted me to get it to them as soon as possible."
Wallace says that he considers himself open, including with the four schools that have offered thus far. He doesn't plan to make a decision until much later in the year.
Wallace on Okechuckwu Okoroha- "I know that he really likes NC State. He's got 18 scholarship offers right now, and he's like me, he's evaluating all of his options. But I do know he really liked NC State."