SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – As Top100 offensive tackle Brian Wallace sat next to his coach and family during his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey presentation on Thursday, tears started to well up in the Christian Brothers College standout’s eyes.
“I was just thinking about all the hard work it took for me to get there and all the people that helped me along the way, and I was thinking about my aunt and my cousin and if they could see me now,” Wallace said. “My cousin died of breast cancer, my aunt, she was my godmother and she cared a lot about me.”
It was easy to tell the whole school cared about the 6-foot-6, 305-pound Wallace, as he received the highest honor a high school football player could receive in front of teachers, coaches and the student body.
Wallace will cap his prep career at the 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to be played inside the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 4. NBC has the national broadcast.
“I just think it’s big for Brian,” Christian Brothers College head coach Scott Pingel said. “I think it’s exciting for Brian. He’s put in a great four years. I think he’s excited about this opportunity. We couldn’t have a better representative of our school. The humility, the poise, the character he has, it’s everything you wish for in a son and player.”
Wallace is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 67 prospect overall. He has a top four of Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska.
“They’re going to see a big man that can do some good blocking, do some good pass blocking, some good run blocking,” Pingel said of what viewers will see from Wallace on NBC. “I’m excited to see what Brian’s going to do the next four years in college. I think the sky’s the limit for him and he’s only really just touched his potential.”
Wallace says he could announce his college decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and that he can’t wait to get to the Lone Star State and compete against the nation’s best.
“I didn’t expect for any of this to happen,” Wallace said. “I wasn’t thinking about going to any All-American game. I was trying to do my job. It’s amazing. Just something that only happens once in a lifetime.”
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