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Penn State Football Offers UMass Transfer

AMHERST, MA - OCTOBER 09: UConn Huskies running back Nathan Carter (26) and UMass Minutemen cornerback Josh Wallace (12) in action during a college football game between UConn Huskies and UMass Minutemen on October 9, 2021, at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, MA. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire)

Penn State football has extended an offer to UMass transfer DB Josh Wallace.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Wallace is an All-Independent and four-year starter.

Over his four seasons at UMass, Wallace picked up   140 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three interceptions and 28 pass breakups.

Last season, Wallace played in all 12 games. He finished with 41 tackles (32 solo), three tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, two interceptions and eight pass breakups.

His peers at UMass voted Wallace a team captain in each of his last two seasons. He entered the transfer portal the day before Penn State offered him. It’s not confirmed if Penn State’s the first school to offer Wallace. But it was the first offer Wallace has tweeted about since entering the portal.

Wallace comes from a high school that should be familiar to Penn State fans: DeMatha Catholic.

He started his high school career at St. Mary’s Annapolis, which is also in Maryland, but transferred to DeMatha before his junior season.

Penn State’s recruited plenty of players from DeMatha. In the past, Cameron Wake and Steve Smith went to DeMatha and then Penn State before having successful NFL careers. On the current team, Coziah Izzard and KJ Winston both played at DeMatha.

In high school, Wallace was a three-star recruit and the No. 24 overall player in Maryland from the 2019 Class according to 247Sports. He was also DeMatha’s point guard during basketball season, and could have been a DI player in that sport if he wanted. He had offers from DI schools Binghamton, James Madison and UMBC.

Penn State’s had an interesting offseason as far as DBs in the transfer portal go. All-ACC corner Storm Duck transferred in from North Carolina, but transferred out not long after Penn State’s Blue-White game and is now at Louisville. Earlier this month, Penn State got a transfer commit from Mississippi State DB Audavion Collins.

Wallace will have one season of eligibility left.

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