There’s not a trace of bravado in Diondre Wallace’s voice as he talks about how his recruitment process has unfolded this summer. Over the past few months, the Arundel linebacker said plainly, it’s almost become a routine.
“Week after week, my coach was just saying, ‘So and so’s going to offer you. Call the coach. So and so’s going to offer you. Call the coach,’” Wallace said. “That’s just how it went.”
The rising senior now holds nine offers, including eight from Division I schools. While most of his offers have come from Football Championship Subdivision schools, he has also received offers from a handful of Football Bowl Subdivision schools and heavy interest from others, including Pittsburgh.
Wallace has trimmed his final list to four — Pittsburgh, Towson, Stony Brook and New Hampshire, in no particular order — and said he hopes to make his decision in the coming weeks, before the season heats up.
“I’m looking for good team chemistry, a team that’s ready to compete for a championship, and a team that has high expectations for me as a player, because I have high expectations for myself,” he said.
Wallace only garnered a handful of offers in the months after his junior season at Arundel, when he registered 89 tackles and led the Wildcats to the Maryland 4A East region championship game. Then, in February, Wallace was selected to the United States U-18 national team for its meeting with Canada in the International Bowl. He also was named one of the team’s four captains.
“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life,” Wallace said. “It was just really good because you got to be around people who love to play football just as much as you do. Football was the main thing in all of our minds.”
After his showing for Team USA, Wallace started getting more serious looks. As spring turned to summer, the offers and camp invitations rolled in.
Multiple schools offered Wallace a scholarship on the spot at their 7-on-7 camps, most recently Towson in mid-July. Others sent coaches to Arundel to get a better look at the 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker and watch his highlight tapes from previous seasons.
“A lot of teams, they knew that I was a pretty good player,” he said. “But then they saw my sophomore year highlight tape, my junior year highlight tape, and they couldn’t not put me on their recruiting board.”
Wallace said he is “still weighing some options” and will take a trip to Pittsburgh in September with hopes of earning another offer. He is in no rush to pick his future home and careful not to overlook his senior season with the Wildcats, annual contenders in Anne Arundel County.
“Cherish the moment,” Wallace said. “You only get one high school career, one time through the recruitment process. Just take everything slow and let everything play out.”
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