Christmas comes early

Santa Claus came to Corvallis a little early this year as news filtered down that electric wide receiver Burnell "Mike" Wallace will enroll for the winter term at Oregon State. The true "burner" deep threat that the Beavers have been lacking finally arrived in the Mid Valley.

Wallace was overlooked by many schools due to the fact that he was a late bloomer.   After watching Wallace on film he leaves one with the distinct impression that there is D-1 talent playing with 8th graders.  He is a game-breaker and made his fellow players in Louisiana's talent-rich 6A class look slow.

As a junior at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, Wallace mostly played defense and posted modest numbers before bursting on the scene as a senior with eye-popping, gaudy stats: 60 receptions for 1,039 yards and 19 TD's, as well as four punts returned for touchdowns and four kick-off's returned for touchdowns.  Even more impressive are the seven touchdowns that were were called back.

Physically, he is just impressive.  The 6-foot, 190-pound player reportedly recorded a 36" vertical leap to accompany his 4.35 electronic 40 at a New Orleans All-Star combine. Further, Wallace has accolades to match: Offensive Player of the Year, District MVP, and All-State honors, while also being rated as the 17th best prospect in the state of Louisiana by SuperPrep magazine.

Coach Terry Wilson says that he believes Wallace is as good as anybody in the state of Louisiana, and says he compares favorably with current LSU receivers Buster Davis and Junior Joseph.

“Burnell is a game breaker, his speed is his best attribute," Wilson said.  "Burnell makes things happen with the ball. I personally believe he’s as good as anybody in the state of Louisiana.

By having just one good year, a lot of schools have missed on him. But he’s going to be a big-time player if he gets in the right system. He won’t play four years in college. He’s that good.”

Wallace was recruited by linebacker coach Charlie Camp, who won the battle with Auburn and San Diego State for the speedster's services. This season will be counted as a grayshirt, as Wallace spent the fall in NCAA Clearinghouse.

NOTE:  I remember seeing film of Wallace at the recruiting dinner last year.  He was easily the best player on the field from the clips that were shown, blazing speed, north-south type runner.  Wallace will contribute immediately.

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