Mobile Escort

Becoming more mobile in the offensive line is a stated priority for Tennessee recruiters this season and Andrew Wallace is a prime example of the type of prospect the Vols seek to sign.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound tackle from Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., turned a lot of heads two months ago by turning a 4.76 forty time at the Combine held in his hometown.

He also had an impressive 4.94 time in the short shuttle and topped his performance with a 25-inch vertical. He didn't win the MVP award, but he may have had the most vital performance, considering the interest he generated and the offers that soon followed.

Going into the Charlotte combine Wallace had scholarship offers from Miami, Illinois, Buffalo and Maryland. The next week he more than doubled his offers with South Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Tennessee joining his offers list. Wallace only enhanced his stock during a tour of summer camps and other offers will undoubtedly follow.

Ranked North Carolina's No. 17 prospect and rated three stars by, Wallace has the frame to carry an additional 30 pounds without a loss of quickness. Scout recruiting analyst Steve Williams offers this evaluation of the nimble blocker.

"Wallace is another prospect that went from zero offers to one of North Carolina's hottest prospects in a matter of weeks. There's no doubt coaches like his 4.76 speed and frame to build upon. He is still relatively raw as an offensive lineman and needs to improve his fundamentals and footwork. However, the tools are there and he'll simply need time for a division one college coach to fine tune his game."

Tennessee coaches got a chance to work with him at last month's senior camp and the experience left a favorable impression on the O-lineman who is being recruited by North Carolina native Dan Brooks.

"I started off camping at UNC and then I went to Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Clemson, and NC State," Wallace told James Henderson of "It was tiring, but it was good. I learned a lot.

"Camp-wise, I liked Tennessee. It felt like home there. It was a real good environment, and it's a good football school. I liked the coaches and everything."

His UT experience was enough to bring him back for another unofficial visit last week. If Wallace makes an official visit during the season it will probably be as a Tennessee commitment since he's planning on announcing his decision later this summer.

"I'm on my campus tour all week," Wallace said last week. "[Monday] I went to Maryland and [on Tuesday] I was at Virginia Tech. [Wednesday] I'm going to N.C. State, then Carolina on Thursday, and Tennessee on Friday.

"I think it's good for me to visit these schools so I can see what they are all about. I've been to most of them for camps, so now I want to see the other side."

Obtaining a good education is at the top of Wallace's check list while the opportunity to play for a championship isn't far behind.

"I want to get a degree first," he said. "I want to play for a team that has the potential to play for a championship. That is pretty big for me.

So is his senior season at Olympic which explains why he wants to get his decision out of the way.

"I'll probably decide before the season starts," he said. "I kind of want to get it out of my way so I can have no worries during my season."

With the options Wallace has, he has nothing to worry about.

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