Further Goals

West Virginia University verbal commitment Marquis Wallace has goals for his senor season, and judging from the way the mobile offensive lineman has met the previous targets he set for himself, it won't be a surprise to see him achieve them.

Wallace, who committed to WVU along with teammate Trey Johnson on Monday, transformed himself into one of the East's top offensive line prospects over the past year, and is now aiming even higher. After dropping 35-plus pounds before his junior season, Wallace earned all-conference and all-area honors, which thrust him firmly into the recruiting spotlight. But now that he's secured his college future, he doesn't plan to stop working.

"I was at a camp in Virginia last year and some of the coaches there told me that if I lost some weight, I would probably be better," Wallace told BlueGoldNews.com. "I got on the scale and I was 320-some pounds, so I decided to work on that. I'm down to 285 now, and I feel like I can really move now. It helped my play a lot. I'm going to keep working this year to try to add muscle, and I think that will help me move even better."

Now that he's seen the results of his labors on the field, Wallace wants more.

"First, I want to help our team get a state title," he said of his Varina (Va.) squad. "I'm not into the star rankings, but I do want to boost that if I can. My goal is to be an All-American and play in one of the all-star games."

Wallace has a good start on achieving such heights. He has experience playing every position on the offensive line, and approaches the game with a mix of brains and brawn.

"I'm a very physical player, but I understand the game too," he explained. "I can play any offensive line position, and West Virginia said they might use me anywhere. They thought I might be a guard in the pros, but in college they said I could fit in anywhere."

At WVU, Wallace anticipates fitting in well with the coaching staff, which he has already struck a chord with.

"I really have a good understanding with them. Coach Beatty (recruiting coach) and Coach Johnson (offensive line coach) – I've talked with them a lot. I learned a lot about the program, and I just thought I really fit in well there.

"Now that I've committed, I don't plan on visiting anywhere else. I will go to West Virginia's camp and maybe the Nike camp this summer, but that's it. I told the coaches I'm not one to take a bunch of visits [to other places]."

With his commitment done, Wallace can focus on his senior season, which he believes could be of the banner variety.

"We have a great team, and have about 25 players back from last year. We think we have a chance to win a state championship. We have a lot of offensive weapons. We have Trey, and three great wide receivers."


Wallace currently checks in at six feet, four inches and 285 pounds. He most recently ran a 5.1 40-yard dash.

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Wallace plans to major in either sports management or sports marketing.

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