L.J. Wallace, the DB prospect from Northern California, officially joins the list of Buff defensive backs that are under-recruited and over-perform.
.@Backendcoach12 on Wallace: “He is another big athlete that played multiple positions in high school. He has the hips of a corner and the size of a safety. He will be an impact player for us this fall.” https://t.co/ujd8LEVPBY— Colorado Buffaloes (@cubuffs) December 20, 2017
Wallace is a crazy athlete who plays in all three phases at Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, California. He stretched the field as a WR and housed a few punts as a returner, but his true talents lie on defense, where he played the role of shutdown corner. Wallace, who will factor in at cornerback and safety at the next level, was rarely thrown against and made teams pay when they did.
His tape shows all of the Coach Mac recruiting tropes. He’s a multi-faceted athlete, meaning his ceiling is very high once he focuses on one aspect, and he’s a plus athlete in general. His speed is fantastic for his size. Speaking of which, he’s a classic MacIntyre DB. 6’3, 190, physical, and plays the ball in the air. At safety or CB, he’s not afraid to make tackled, and his length and speed allows him to recover after his press coverage. In a crowded defensive backfield, he’ll learn for a year and then burst onto the scene afterwards. Don’t count him out at punt returner, either.