LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Much of the top talent in the country descended on the Disney Wide World of Sports this past weekend for the annual Gridiron Kings challenge. The 7-on-7 tournament consisted of four regional teams made up of 64 of the best prospects in the country.
One of the stars of the Southwest squad, who finished as runners up in the event, was Dallas (Texas) Skyline inside linebacker Anthony Wallace. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound defender held his own against smaller receivers during the competition. The weekend event was a chance for the four-star prospect to take a break from his hectic unofficial visit schedule.
"I've been up to USC, UCLA, Arkansas, OU, Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Alabama," Wallace said. "I think that's pretty much it. I've sort of been all over the place, I guess. I didn't even realize how many schools I'd been to until just now."
While taking in all the college campuses, Wallace says that no particular school has stood out more than the others.
"Everywhere I went, there was something I liked," he said. "It's hard to say that any one school really stood out. They all had their good things about them. I've really liked being at all the places I've been."
Wallace is close friends with Dallas (Texas) Maceo Smith four-star tight end Chris Barnett and there has been a lot of talk about the two possibly wanting to play together at the next level. Wallace did nothing to distance himself from those rumors.
"We talk about," he said. "We kind of grew up together. That's the idea (that we play together), but you never know. If everything works out, that's the plan."
The pair recently visited Arkansas for a camp and the Razorbacks drew rave reviews from Wallace.
"They're pushing pretty hard," he said. "Coach (Garrick) McGee, he's really cool. I like Arkansas because it would be a place where I can go make an instant impact. I'm still looking, though."
Three of nearby the schools on Wallace's list signed players from Skyline in the class of 2010. He says that is a big plus for those programs.
"I know I have some teammates that signed with and are committed to OU, Texas and (Texas) A&M," he said. "It gives those schools a little bit of an advantage for that. When the season's over I can get a chance to go visit everywhere and kind of get the inside scoop on schools from my old teammates."
However, he says that the Longhorns have backed off in their recruitment of him.
"At this point, they're not really recruiting me," he said of Texas. "I still like Texas. If they recruit me, I'm still going to be interested."
Wallace is ranked as the No. 118 overall prospect in the country as well as the No. 4 inside linebacker. He and his teammates open the season against two nationally-ranked programs from the state of Florida in Belle Glades Central and Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Against Aquinas, he will see fellow Gridiron Kings participants Marcus Roberson and Rashad Greene again.