High School: Anthony Wallace

7-on-7 draws NCAA recruiting scrutiny

August, 5, 2011
7-on-7 has become the equivalent of AAU basketball or club soccer during the summer in Texas and around the country, which has drawn some concern from the NCAA.

ESPN's Joe Schad created a piece that ran today on Outside the Lines on how 7-on-7 had developed around the country and the issues the NCAA has with how it affects the recruting process.

In the video piece that ran, Schad cited the recruitment of former Dallas Skyline LB Anthony Wallace to Oregon through the exposure he received during 7-on-7 tournaments.

Here is an excerpt from the written piece on the OTL page at ESPN.com:
While college coaches don't attend the tournaments, over the past year a slew of NCAA investigators have. For years, the NCAA has struggled to keep up with the recruiting and amateurism violations found in AAU basketball. In an attempt to manage the 7-on-7 scene, the NCAA has assigned seven employees to explore its underpinnings. The concern is an influx of third parties -- such as the numerous coaches on Bush's South Florida Express -- could cause players to lose college eligibility if the players receive preferential treatment or extra benefits from them.

Because of that, many high school football coaches are also concerned about just who their players are playing for. The worries also include out-of-state travel with people whose backgrounds may be largely unknown, concerns about athletes being pulled out of class, and anxiety about a lack of knowledge among 7-on-7 coaches about how the players are performing in school.

Skyline LB Wallace in Under Armour spotlight

January, 4, 2011
ESPN Recruiting's Craig Haubert and Billy Tucker took a look at some of the key matchups heading into Wednesday night's Under Armour All-America Game, which can be seen at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

One of the matchups spotlighted involves Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wallace, playing for the White team, and Red team running back Isaiah Crowell of Columbus, Ga.
This matchup has been building during the week. The top back in the country can be elusive, but has also showed deceptive strength and power between the tackles. Crowell, from Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., has the ability to gain yards after contact, but also the ability to bounce plays to the perimeter and accelerate for big yards. It will be interesting to see the battle between Crowell and Wallace, a prototypical, downhill run stuffer. Wallace, from Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, can be very tough inside and his instincts allow him to quickly get into position pursuing off-tackle, which helps mask a slight lack of ideal athleticism for the position.

These two could meet for some big collisions on runs between the tackles and test Crowell's inline strength. However, the real test will come for Wallace and whether he can match up with the talented back on the perimeter. Both these players have highlighted strengths, but the key to this matchup will be which one can better exploit the other's weakness.

Go here for all the latest on the Under Armour game.

Skyline LB Anthony Wallace commits to Oregon

November, 22, 2010
Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wallace, a member of the ESPNU 150, made his verbal commitment to the No. 1 team in the nation, Oregon.

He is the fourth-rated recruit from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and his commitment leaves Waxahachie receiver LaDarius Brown as the last undeclared player in the area's top 10.

Wallace was also considering Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State, Arkansas and Miami (Fla.).

Two area players make All-American squad

October, 13, 2010
The Metroplex will provide two players for the 2011 Under Armor All-American Game.

Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wallace and corner Danzel Williams of Arlington James Martin will showcase their skills Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. The game will also be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Williams has verbally committed to join the class of 2011 at the University of Oklahoma. Wallace is yet to commit, and has said he will wait until after the season to make his decision.

Here is the complete roster for the 2011 Under Armor All-American Game.

Four area players are on the ESPNU 150

June, 2, 2010
The first ESPNU 150 for the Class of 2011 was released today. Click here for an overview of the national recruiting list and here for a statistical breakdown.

Four players from area high schools made the list. Here's the lowdown on them, with each player's recruiting status and an excerpt from their ESPNU evaluations:

55. Arlington Sam Houston QB Jamal Turner (Nebraska verbal): Turner is one of the most exciting skilled athletes this class has to offer. He is a dual-threat QB out of the shotgun spread, but most of the damage he does is with his legs.

60. Arlington Martin RB Danzel Williams (Okahoma verbal): Williams is one of the shiftier backs in this class exhibiting great feet, balance and body control. He is built low to the ground, deceptively strong and put-together but does not have the large frame coveted in an every-down, load-back at the major college level.

94. Waxahachie WR LaDarius Brown (Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Alabama, TCU): Brown is a long, smooth glider of an athlete with very good speed, elusiveness and flexibility for such a tall prospect. He has consistently played on both sides of the ball as a safety and wide receiver, but we feel he will likely end up at wide receiver at the next level.

141. Dallas Skyline LB Anthony Wallace (Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, USC, Texas): Wallace is a big strong guy with great instincts. His size and athleticism are what we look for at the inside linebacker position.

DFW linebackers drawing rave reviews

May, 4, 2010
The Metroplex is loaded with blue-chip prospects at linebacker, Gerry Hamilton of ESPN Recruiting says.

In fact, the Lone Star State's talented junior group boasts a number of nationally recruited prospects, a 2011 Under Armour All-American and one school that features three elite linebacker prospects.

Among the local representatives at outside linebacker: Skyline's Anthony Wallace, Arlington Martin's Deryck Gildon, Lancaster's Trey Brown, Skyline's Franklin Shannon, North Richland Hills' Nico Ornelas and Plano West's Nathan Broussard.

At inside linebacker, the Dallas/Fort Worth area continues to be a force with Dallas Episcopal's Rob Hankins, Allen's Melvin Spears and Arlington's Laderice Sanders.

Others to watch: Euless Trinity's Jonathan Yenga, Woodrow Wilson's Chad Polk and Carrollton Newman Smith's Jeremy Stallworth.