Weight: 184 pounds
Hometown: Mt. Vernon, Georgia
Before Penn State: Wallace won Regional Player of the Year this past season for Montgomery High School, rushing for 1,221 yards, 13 touchdowns and averaging 9.6 yards per carry, per MaxPreps.
Although he’s mainly a running back, Wallace has played multiple positions. Offensively, he’s spent time at receiver and quarterback. On defense, he’s played corner and he’s returned kicks on special teams. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown this past season and picked off two passes. Wallace also threw for 1964 yards and made 92 tackles, per MaxPreps. Wallace is a speedster, qualifying for states in the 200- and 100-meter dash.
A three-star recruit, Wallace announced his commitment to Penn State less than 24 hours before signing day.
Where he stands: Running back is arguably the strongest position on Penn State’s team. Nicholas Singleton (1,061 yards, 12 touchdowns, 156 carries) and Kaytron Allen (867 yards, 10 touchdowns, 167 carries) are both back for and encore, and Penn State added veteran Trey Potts, formerly of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, through the transfer portal this spring. Wallace also has competition in the freshman class, with four-star London Montgomery also signed, albeit Montgomery is coming off a knee injury and hasn’t played since last August.
It will be hard for Wallace to get on the field at running back, but his capabilities in the return game could help him get some playing time in Year 1.
A quote by Wallace: “Since the first time I connected with Penn State, they’ve been showing me love consistently. Eventually I went and took a visit up there to see everything, meet the other staff members, the players and I just loved everything I saw. Everyone showed good vibes and showed me everything I could want to help develop me in the future.” — Wallace to Rivals.com after his commitment
A quote about Wallace: The way you guys have handled this process, in a short period of time, we were able to get to know each other, ask a bunch of tough questions, talk about everything from A through Z, not only personally but also professionally, as well. We just got to a point where we became very comfortable with you and your family in a short period of time, and it was obvious that you’re the type of young man that we want in our locker room and representing our colors. So we couldn’t be more proud. — James Franklin to Wallace on Signing Day