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One of the latest additions to Penn State's 2021 recruiting class, Harrison Wallace has been flying higher and higher in the rankings thanks to a strong senior season. The former Duke commit joins fellow early signees Lonnie White Jr. and Liam Clifford to form a dynamic trio of receivers in the class.
|Position: Wide Receiver|
|Height/Weight: 6'1/180 lbs.|
|High School: Pike Road (Pike Road, AL)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8732)|
|Positional Rank: No. 555 Overall, No. 88 Wide Receiver, No. 21 in Alabama|
|Commitment Date: December 7, 2020|
Wallace is an intriguing prospect and one that should fit very well on the Penn State roster. He's someone who will likely need some time to tighten up his game before making an impact at the collegiate level, but his potential is clear as day on film. He does a nice job of timing his attack on the football when it's in the air, but it's his game's overall smoothness that really stands out.
His long strides make it look as if he's barely trying, yet he easily is able to burn past defenders both while running routes and with the ball in his hands. He's more than simply speed though, as he appears to have a pretty good handle on when he needs to be more physical as opposed to trying to outrun defenders.
When he rounds into form in Happy Valley, he could end up reminding fans a bit of former Nittany Lion Allen Robinson, at least aesthetically. He still has a ways to go if he wants to rival Robinson's route-running and catching ability. Still, the general smoothness of his movement and the way he seems to catch opponents off-guard with subtle juke moves and sneaky speed is certainly Robinson-like.
A player of Wallace's ability will always have a chance to contribute on special teams early on, but the Alabama native is probably a strong redshirt candidate in 2021. He'll certainly be one who gets some looks across his free four-game sample, but he could probably benefit from a bit more time in the weight room as well as more time working on his route-running with position coach Taylor Stubblefield.
Long-term, he looks like a natural fit for the Z-receiver role in the Penn State offense, currently being filled most often by Jahan Dotson.
|Jahan Dotson||Norval Black*||TJ Jones*||Parker Washington*|
|Cam Sullivan-Brown*||Daniel George*||KeAndre Lambert-Smith*|
|Lonnie White Jr.|
* denotes redshirt season taken