by Ryan Myers
Photo courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats.
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Today’s Spotlight - Kentucky, Linebacker, Trevin Wallace
Name - Trevin Wallace
Pos - LB
Team - Kentucky
HT/WT - 6’2” 241 lbs.
Home - Jesup, GA
Trevin Wallace played his high school football at Wayne County High School in Georgia. He lettered 4 times in his high school career, seeing playing time on both sides of the ball. Over his senior season, he totaled 96 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception. He was rated as a 4-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports, and Rivals.com. He was very highly recruited, receiving offers from a long list of power-5 schools and chose Kentucky as the next step in his football journey.
In his first season with Kentucky, Wallace played in 12 games, making one start. Getting his snaps off the bench for most of the season, he was able to make 32 total tackles with 4.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup. This performance earned him an appearance on the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2021.
Last season as a sophomore, Wallace started in 6 of the 12 games he played for the Wildcats. His snap share increased over the season, and he totaled 54 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions. His play in 2022 earned him a starting role for this season.
This year, Wallace started 12 games for Kentucky and performed well in what turned out to be his draft season. He made 80 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. This campaign placed him on NFL draft boards as he drew attention within the conference and all of college football as one of the primary impact players on the Wildcat defense.
Wallace plays with tremendous balance, speed, and quickness, giving him the ability to play well both in coverage and as a run stopper. He reads the QB well and has a nose for the football, allowing him to arrive at the pass catcher around the same time as the ball. This versatility is valued at the NFL level, especially for inside linebackers. Wallace, however, possesses a combination of speed and strength, which will allow him to play many linebacker positions, as he has through both high school and college. His NFL-ready build is impressive considering he is only a true junior.
Wallace, however, will need to add just a bit more strength and mass in order to be an effective player around the line of scrimmage in the NFL. His speed and sideline-to-sideline ability are definitely attractive to organizations, but he is still a bit raw as a rusher and run stopper. However, he is a young prospect in this class with time to develop. If he adds a bit of mass and learns to play mechanically sound in the pass rush, Wallace can be a versatile, impactful weapon in the middle of a defense.
Pass Rush Mechanics
Trevin Wallace is an interesting linebacker, a bit of a raw, young talent for a team when drafted. His combination of speed and strength will not be ignored, and he has the mobility to play sideline-to-sideline, lending him to becoming an effective run stopper. He is a reliable tackler with good length and a NFL frame and if he adds a bit more mass, he will be able to play more effectively around the line of scrimmage when it comes to shedding blocks, making him even more of a versatile weapon.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 4th or 5th round