Hearing of Jack Shields’ departure from the University of Virginia’s football team, Fork Union Military Academy (VA) head coach John Shuman immediately thought of Cody Wallace .
“This gives Cody a shot in the arm,” Shuman said.
Wallace, a 6-4, 265-pound center/offensive guard prospect out of Moorestown High School (N.J.), signed with Virginia in February of 2009. After enrolling at UVa last summer, he left and enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy. Wallace, who re-signed with the Cavaliers this month, impressed Shuman with his on-field performances, whether at center or at offensive guard.
Shuman likens Wallace to a former UVa standout center.
“To me, Cody is a spitting image of Zac Yarbrough,” Shuman said. “He is nasty. He’ll fight ya. He has good athletic ability.”
Shuman discussed Wallace’s development since last August.
“Even though he doesn’t weigh more than he did when he got here, he is thicker and more physical, so he’ll be a lot more physically able to take the pounding of the ACC,” Shuman said. “Plus, at our level of competition, he has seen an increase in speed from high school. He adjusted to the speed of the game. Things will slow down for him.
“I think Cody is in an advanced stage. He’s working on his weaknesses. He’s working on his hip flexibility, strength and hand-placement. I think it was a good move to keep him here all year, because he has gotten stronger and honed up on his line skills.”
How ready is Wallace if he is needed to contribute as a true freshman?
“First of all, he’s smart and he will be able to make the calls,” Shuman said. “Secondly, he has great footwork and he explodes off the ball very well. He has good hip turn. And he ain’t going to be soft. Cody’s a nasty guy.”
Checking in on Morgan Moses
No change at this point for 6-7, 340-pound Morgan Moses, who is still looking to qualify academically. He returned to Fork Union earlier this month.
“Morgan is back and he has a better attitude,” Shuman said. “He took the ACT. We are waiting on the score. It depends on the score. If his score moves up, he could be good. But he has either got to move the score up or get one or two great grades.”
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