Though his jersey read “Popular Nobody” during this 7v7 season, Ja’Ryan Wallace certainly made himself a popular somebody in the recruiting ranks this spring.
The 6-foot-4, 190 pound PNE receiver suits up on Friday night for Denton Braswell High School in Aubrey, Texas.
An upcoming senior, Wallace made his name known in his junior campaign. He posted 59 catches for 877 yards and 10 touchdowns per the Dallas Morning News.
Wallace put on a show and was the difference in his Popular Nobody 18u team’s 39-24 championship win over South Texas Elite in the DR7 “Showdown in D-Town” tournament.
Simply put, STE did not have an answer to contain Wallace.
He had a long touchdown from the 40-yard line where he split the middle of the defense and burst into the end zone. His Hudl states he has a 4.5 forty time, and the acceleration on this play certainly stood out.
There were several instances of Wallace locating the ball at its apex and showing off his vertical which is a great compliment to his height. His quarterback Cole Matsuda had a nice chemistry with him and the two were clicking all throughout the title game.
As a result of his efforts over the last year on the gridiron, Wallace has caught the eye of numerous Power 5 programs.
Offers had began to roll in prior to his junior season, coming from Central Florida, Texas San Antonio, North Texas, and Utah State.
In October of 2021, he picked up one from West Virginia. Then, in late January, Colorado offered.
The past three months, momentum has really increased.
FCS power Sam Houston State, Georgia State, and Memphis added to Wallace’s list in April. Purdue, Florida State, Nebraska, Kansas State, and Boston College came calling in May.
Wallace announced he would be committing to play football at Florida State on June 2nd via Twitter.
Gearing up for his senior season, expect Wallace’s game to continue to rise. The receiver has all the intangibles to play at and excel at the next level.