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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #30, LB Juan Wallace

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One of several linebackers ready to jump in this year.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Juan Wallace

Position: Linebacker

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 217

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

High School: IMG Academy

2018 stats: Wallace played in all 13 games for the Syracuse Orange, contributing on kickoffs and kick returns while helping SU be one of the top special teams units in the country. He had one tackle on the year, vs. UConn.

2019 projections: An early look at the depth chart has him competing for the starting middle linebacker spot. Whether he wins the job or not, we’re still going to see plenty of him as Syracuse looks to rotate in fresh legs.

How’d he get here?: The Orange offered Wallace fairly early in the 2018 recruiting cycle, and he committed in May 2017 — despite offers from the likes of Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Wisconsin and others that were competing for his services.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from everyone, and a top-40 inside linebacker in the class.

Money Quote: Seeing Syracuse upset Clemson is a hell of a first impression.

“It was my first time actually seeing Syracuse play in person, so watching them beat a top-10 team like that, it was a lot to take in. It was something you dream about watching, something you wanted to see.”

Twitter feed: @juanwallacejr

Tweets of wonder: #FactsOnly

What movie would Dino recommend for him?: We went with a Wallace Shawn pick last year, and we’re doing so once again here. This time, it’s 1981’s “My Dinner With Andre,” which largely revolves around two characters — Shawn’s Wally and Andre Gregory’s Andre — catching up at dinner and realizing their differing world views. That’s about it, but it’s more interesting than that description, I swear.

Interesting nugget o’interest: Football runs in Wallace’s family, apparently. His cousin, Ken Crawley, played for Colorado and now suits up for the New Orleans Saints. Crawley recorded 31 tackles for New Orleans in 2018.

Let’s get a look at ya: Let’s roll that National Signing Day footage!