Cathedral High prospect reels in college offers

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2016

NATCHEZ — Will Wallace has options.

With three months between the start of Cathedral High School football’s offseason training program and his senior season, Wallace is currently fielding scholarship offers from nine separate Division I football programs.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Green Wave standout has offers from the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas Sate, Samford, Coastal Carolina, Kansas and Tulane. Wallace reeled in his ninth offer earlier this week when the University of Alabama at Birmingham extended a scholarship. That’s not all that’s on the horizon for Wallace.

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He plans on attending scouting camps in Oxford, Starkville and one at Jones Community College that will be hosted by the University of Southern California. Where he hopes to put his size and athleticism on display. Wallace, who plays tight end and defensive end at Cathedral, said schools are extending him offers for both offense and defense.

Wallace said he is equally weighing all of his options.

“(The most important aspect in a school is) probably a family atmosphere,” Wallace said. “I want to feel happy being there and I want it to help me be successful. I definitely want to go somewhere with a good, Christian background.”

June will be a month packed full of workouts for Wallace. He said he is attending the camp at Ole Miss on June 3, a camp at Mississippi State in mid June, a camp at Arkansas June 11 and a workout at LSU in late July.

Wallace said former Cathedral football coach Ron Rushing has helped him reach out to college programs, which is how he got on USC’s radar.

“Cathedral and Coach Ron are probably the reason this is happening,” Wallace said. “Cathedral is good about (helping players find a good fit).”

Wallace attended a couple of camps hosted by recruiting services in March. He was in New Orleans March 6 for’s regional camp and a regional Nike combine in April. Wallace said his fastest 40-yard dash was 4.83 seconds, and his best bench press lift was 315 pounds

Wallace said his first experience at a large prospect camp was nerve racking at first, with hundreds of clipboard-bearing scouts and chatty, spectacled journalists studying his every move, but it didn’t take him long to get comfortable.

“I actually did really well,” Wallace said. “This was my first big camp so I was nervous, but once I got there these guys weren’t much bigger or faster than me. I was ready.”

Wallace still has one season left at Cathedral, and it’s turning out to be a turbulent season before it begins. Cathedral will play under new head football coach Chuck Darbonne — from South Panola High School — and is replacing 18 senior starters from the 2015 season.

Wallace said Darbonne made a good first impression during brief team meetings and 7-on-7 practices during the spring, and Darbonne may take an out-of-the-box approach regarding how Wallace is utilized on offense.

“I like (Darbonne) a lot,” Wallace said. “He is serious and straight-forward. I know what kind of tradition South Panola has. He came to our school two weeks ago, and we ran routes and did 1-on-1 (drills), and he liked me at tight end.”

Darbonne has wrapped up his obligations at South Panola and said he plans to be in Natchez for Cathedral’s workouts starting Monday. Wallace said he’s focused on his preparation and role as a senior leader moving forward.

“It’s good to be focused on football right now,” Wallace said. “(I’m) ready to get the summer going. There are not many people giving (Cathedral) a chance since we lost so many guys, but we want to prove some people wrong.”