Today, as the early National Letter of Intent signing day period kicks off, most — if not all — of the newest members of the Penn State recruiting class will sign on the dotted line, accepting a scholarship to play football for the Nittany Lions. For every player who does sign, I’ll be here to provide an in-depth scouting report. Here is my report on former Duke commit WR Harrison Wallace III.
School: Pike Road (Ala.) HS
Projected position: Receiver
Rating: Four stars by 247sports; Three stars by Rivals.com and ESPN
Other Power 5 offers: Duke, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Projection: Wallace is a solid prospect who looked like a pretty good deep threat at his high school in Alabama, a state where Penn State has found some surprisingly good performers over the years (Torrence Brown and Christian Campbell, for starters). Wallace is not an immediate contributor, in all likelihood, and he’s going to really have to get to work in the weight room and on developing better habits in his route running. But he has good hands and plays the ball well, and he was a productive player who caught 27 passes as a senior last season. Penn State has landed a few receivers in recent years with similar skill sets, and the hope is that a few of them hit. Wallace had been committed to Duke, but he’ll get a chance to show he can get polished up quick enough to make an impact by 2023.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT