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Caedan Wallace has been one of the stalwarts of Penn State's 2019 recruiting class, never wavering from his commitment that came all the way back in April. The third-ranked offensive guard in the nation brings some serious nastiness the interior of the program's offensive line.
|Position: Offensive guard|
|Height/Weight: 6'5/295 lbs.|
|High School: Hun School (NJ)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9649)|
|Positional Rank: No. 71 Overall, No. 3 Offensive guard, No. 2 in New Jersey|
|Commitment Date: April 21, 2018|
247Sports Scouting Report
Impressive length, and will tone his 6-5, 307-pound frame in college. Exceptional athleticism and accurate with initial punch. Tough, physical and embraces competition. Shoots hands inside, engages well and drives his legs in run blocking. Has athleticism to pull and agility to pinpoint blocks at the second level. Quick feet enables him to turn defenders and create running lanes. In pass protection, he is patient and balanced in his base. Developed solid kick step during his senior season. Moves well laterally and works hard away from practice field. Allows defenders to get in on him instead of extending his arms. Has to increase consistency with his pad level. Can be three-year starter at upper level Power 5 school and has third- to sixth-round NFL draft potential. (More at 247Sports)
NFL Comparison: Brandon Scherff
Caedan Wallace has the one quality Penn State fans have been craving from the program's offensive line—he's mean. He has made his name on the national recruiting scene as an absolute mauler on the line. His run-blocking ability is as elite as they come straight out of high school. His pass blocking is where the doubts creep in. As is the case with most high school lineman, his footwork and technique could use a huge overhaul. Thankfully, his body doesn't need too much transformation and he can focus on improving his technique once he's on campus.
His future for the Blue & White is extremely bright. It may take a couple years for him to find his footing, but with patience, Penn State may have found the elite run blocker they've been looking for.
Even with his talent, it's hard to see how Wallace will make an impact as a true freshman. Franklin has repeatedly stated that offensive lineman shouldn't, realistically, be contributing until their third year on campus. Their bodies need the most time to adjust to playing the elite competition that the B1G has to offer.
Not to mention that in front of Wallace will be two extremely experienced players, assuming they do in fact return, in Gonzalez and McGovern. While Wallace is supremely talented and has the mean streak the Penn State staff so deeply covets, it will be tough for him to gain any meaningful minutes barring any serious injury troubles. It is possible we see him in mop-up duty at some point, however, thanks to the new redshirt rules.
|Ryan Bates*||Will Fries*||Des Holmes*||Bryce Effner*|
|Steven Gonzalez*||Alex Gellerstedt*||Mike Miranda*||Juice Scruggs*|
|Connor McGovern||Michal Menet*||C.J. Thorpe*||Rasheed Walker*|
|Anthony Whigan||Caedan Wallace|
* denotes redshirt season taken