It’s been a great week for the Syracuse football staff on the recruiting trail, first landing a pledge from linebacker Jack Smith and now adding another linebacker in 3-star talent Juan Wallace.

Wallace has the size and talent to play either inside or outside linebacker at the next level, though at about 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds, he likely projects to the MLB spot in Syracuse’s defense. He chose Syracuse over the likes of Duke, Iowa State, Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and perhaps most notably, Maryland.

The last couple of years it’s become increasingly difficult to pry DMV-area kids away from the Terps, and many thought that Wallace and several of his teammates from Woodson High in Washington DC were likely headed to Maryland. That’s part of what makes this such a big recruiting win for Syracuse.

The other part, of course, is those teammates. Among the other Woodson players offered by the Orange are wide receiver Ed Hendrix, Noah Boykin, and Mychale Salahuddin, among others. Landing Wallace could potentially be the first domino that brings in two ore three more players from Woodson. Each of the players Syracuse has offered from the high school is highly regarded, holding several Power 5 offers. Of the bunch, Salahuddin will be the toughest to sway, considering the star runningback has the likes of Oklahoma, USC, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech pushing hard for him.

Still, Wallace is another piece in what is becoming an outstanding recruiting class for the Orange. He’s rated by as the top linebacker in the DC area in the 2018 class, which is certainly impressive. Check out his highlights below and see for yourself what makes Wallace such a terrific addition to Syracuse’s recruiting class. And by the way, this might not be the last commit of the week for the Orange. Stay tuned…

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