Speedy D-End Prepares for SU Visit

The Syracuse football team could have many out-of-area visitors over the next few weeks, as spring football practice and early recruiting season coincide. Syracusefan.com caught up today with one such non-local prospect – Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) defensive end Dalonte Wallace – about his upcoming trip to the Cuse.


Wallace, an explosive 6-foot-2, 204-pound junior, has been in steady contact with Syracuse's assistant Chris White and wants to see what the program has to offer in person. He'll make the trip up with his grandfather this weekend before possibly stopping at Rutgers on the way home.

He's also been hearing a lot from Boston College, while Maryland, Ohio State, Kansas State and N.C. State have shown varying levels of interest. Now he's excited to begin the college evaluation process.

"I want to see what the programs have to offer, the facilities, the people," he said. "Soon I'll have to narrow down my list but right now they're all on the same level. I think they're all great universities. I just have to see how things work."

Wallace recorded 92 tackles and 11 sacks last season en route to all-league honors in the state's most talent-laded public school league – the Prince George's County 4A South. He has a lot of attributes that compare well to former Roosevelt standouts Derrick Harvey – now starring at Florida – and Tre Covington, who is one of the top returning defensive players at Maryland.

"He's a combination of Tre Covington and Derrick Harvey," Roosevelt coach Rick Houchens said. "This is saying something, now."

Wallace said he's being recruited by most schools as a weakside linebacker, but, Houchens said, he has great frame and could continue to add on pounds during the next year-and-a-half, and end up at defensive end.

"The college game is so fast, they need people to run sideline to sideline. He brings that to the table more than just the basic defensive end," Houchens said. "Or if you want him to put his hand in the dirt, he can really come off the edge."

Asked to describe his biggest strength, Wallace said, "My first step. I can get three or four steps in by the time my opponent has taken one or two."

Wallace has not talked with White yet about a scholarship offer, but it's safe to say both he and standout Roosevelt safety Okechukwu Okoroha – whom we previously featured – are players of serious interest for the SU staff.

"Not so much offer talk yet, but that's not real important … They're putting my film through the evaluation process," Wallace said, adding that he's had nothing but positives about dealing with White.

Coach White "is a real straightforward and down to earth, ‘what you see is what you get' type of person. Whatever he says it what it really is."

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