DE signee Bo Wallace says he won't attend Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Bo Wallace slipped an announcement of his own into a day hijacked by the news of quarterback Everett Golson's intentions to leave Notre Dame following graduation.

Turns out Wallace, a three-star defensive end recruit who signed with Notre Dame in February, won't be with the Irish next season either, according to his Twitter account.

"ATTN!! I am sorry to say that I will not be attending the University of Notre Dame," Wallace tweeted Thursday evening. "I will keep you all informed."

Calls to Wallace went unanswered following his announcement.

Notre Dame confirmed the signing of Bo Wallace on Feb. 4. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive end was the lone pass rusher in the 2015 Irish class.

"We were looking for a flat‑out pass rusher, and we found one in Bo Wallace," Kelly said on National Signing Day. "He can come off the edge and pass rush. He's going to have to put on some weight right now but we'll get him in here in June."

Wallace totaled 52 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and nine sacks in his senior season at River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian. Rivals ranked him as the No. 26 outside linebacker in the 2015 class. 247Sports slated him No. 29 at the position.

The loss of Wallace would make the need for defensive ends even greater in the 2016 recruiting cycle. The Irish already have one verbal commitment from a defensive end, Julian Okwara, a four-star recruit and the younger brother of Irish senior Romeo Okwara.

Notre Dame lost recruits who signed letters-of-intent in the previous two recruiting cycles. In 2014, linebacker Nile Sykes left the Irish in July after joining the team in June. Notre Dame released Sykes from his National Letter of Intent, which allowed him to enroll at Indiana without consequence.

In 2013, the Eddie Vanderdoes saga ended in the five-star defensive lineman playing his freshman year at UCLA. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly refused to release Vanderdoes from his letter-of-intent, but the National Letter of Intent Appeals Committee granted his release upon a second appeal.

Without being released from his letter-of-intent, a recruit cannot play his freshman year at another school on scholarship. The penalty also results in a lost year of eligibility.

Wallace's explanation and fate remain to be seen. One obvious connection to another school comes at Oklahoma, where former Irish defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks is on staff. Cooks left the Irish for the Sooners in February and was Wallace's lead recruiter at Notre Dame.


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Defensive end Bo Wallace is set to sign with Notre Dame on Wednesday. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)