Syracuse football continued its recent 2018 recruiting surge Thursday evening, picking up a commitment from Washington D.C. linebacker Juan Wallace. The H.D. Woodson prospect announced his decision on Twitter.
Thank you to all the schools that expressed interest in me, but I'm excited to announce I'll be verbally committing to Syracuse University pic.twitter.com/coz5gZpdqh— Juan Wallace® (@JuanWallaceJr) May 5, 2017
While Juan Wallace holds no relation to Syracuse basketball great John Wallace (sorry to burst your bubble), he is talented in his own right.
Wallace is listed at 6-foot and 213 pounds, and is rated three stars and the No. 44 inside linebacker by 247 Sports. He runs a 4.62-second 40-yard dash and can bench 290 pounds, according to his HUDL page. He first took an unofficial visit to Syracuse back in March.
Including Wallace, Syracuse now has six Class of 2018 commitments. Wallace joins Ja’Quirius Smith as the two linebackers of that group. Both Wallace and Smith could be in a position to potentially see playing time early, as all three of Syracuse’s starting linebackers next season are seniors: Parris Bennett, Zaire Franklin and Jonathan Thomas.
In addition to Syracuse, Wallace also holds offers from Wisconsin, West Virginia, Duke and Maryland, among others.