The Kentucky Wildcats picked up a huge commitment today in four-star linebacker Trevin Wallace, who announced hid pledge on the first day of the late signing period.
Wallace is a consensus four-star recruit from the state of Georgia. He’s ranked as high as No. 35 nationally by 247 Sports, and he comes in at No. 140 nationally by 247 Composite, which measures all of the major recruiting rankings.
The 6-2, 220-pound linebacker was originally committed to the Boston College Eagles, but he backed off at the end of November after his recruitment started blowing up. The Auburn Tigers seemed like the easy choice and probably would have been, but Gus Malzahn’s firing just days before the early signing period left things in flux.
Wallace holds a number of offers, including those from Auburn and Kentucky, as well as the Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, and Tennessee Volunteers. Despite the numerous offers, assistant coach Jon Sumrall was able to reel in the highly sought-after linebacker.
The best part about this kid is his versatility. He will immediately be one of the most athletic players on the defensive side of the ball at UK. Wallace took snaps at receiver, running back, QB, and multiple linebacker spots, plus reps as a kick and punt returner in high school. He can do it all. That’s going to be very important for a Kentucky defense that’s very thin at linebacker, especially after Jamin Davis left early for the NFL Draft.
Wallace is a star in the making, as 247’s Gabe Brooks has evaluated him and compared him to former LSU star and current Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen. He also projects Wallace to get drafted in the second or third round of the NFL Draft.
Here is the complete scouting report on Wallace, courtesy of Brooks:
Owns the requisite build for a traditional off-ball linebacker. Highly varied positional experience with big-play ability across the board. Dynamic do-it-all high school football player. Snaps at receiver, running back, QB, and multiple linebacker spots, plus reps as a kick and punt returner. Often aligned as an OLB, including standing on the edge, and has even lined up over the slot in some passing downs. Flashes terrific burst and acceleration that translate to his numerous roles at the high school level. Physical player who does not shy from contact whether defending or with the ball. Motor runs hot. Great top-end speed, especially for a linebacker projection. Hits the long ball on offense and is not tracked down in the open field. Dangerous one-cut runner with enough close-quarters wiggle to redirect pretty naturally. Speed verified in track setting with strong 11.08 100. Impressive overall track and field profile that includes the 100, 200, 110 hurdles, high jump, long jump, and shot put. Natural striker as a tackler. Closes fast and arrives with purpose. Fully capable of the big hit. Could need some time to adjust to playing one spot full-time. Potential to fit multiple defensive schemes as a natural run-and-hit linebacker with athleticism to develop consistent coverage ability. Possesses outstanding overall profile for an off-ball linebacker projection given high school versatility and proven playmaking ability. High-major prospect with long-term early-round NFL Draft ceiling.