Georgia Tech Football: KJ Wallace Transfer Profile

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Georgia Tech had a busy month on the recruiting track in June, and one of the things the coaching staff has made sure to do is try to keep in-state talent at home. The majority of recruits in the 2023 recruiting class are from Georgia State, but it’s not just the upcoming recruiting class that Georgia Tech is making sure to keep home.

The Yellow Jackets have brought in a host of transfers to make an impact for the 2022 season, particularly in the secondary. One of the transfers, Atlanta native KJ Wallace, is returning home after spending time with Notre Dame and he hopes he can provide game-winning games and leadership for Georgia Tech this fall.

Wallace played in Atlanta at Lovett High School and was a four-star defensive back and a top-300 rookie in the nation. He decided to go to Notre Dame after his successful high school career and he hoped to be part of their strong defenses in the future.

Wallace played four games as a rookie, but recorded only one tackle. In 2020 and 2021 he saw a little more ground, but was unable to start for the Fighting Irish. In January, Wallace decided he would enter the transfer portal and it would take him a few months before he made his decision on his next school.

In May, he decided to return to Atlanta and play for Geoff Collins and his team. Georgia Tech had the 121st-ranked pass defense last season and are trying to bring competition and depth for the secondary that they didn’t have while Collins was the head coach. Wallace will be competing for a starting spot at safety this fall and I think he has a chance to make an impact.

For a safety of 5-10,190 LBS, Wallace plays with more physicality than you might think, and he flies the field well. His chase speed is impressive, but he lacks playing experience. Georgia Tech gave up a lot of big plays in the air last season and asking players like Wallace to help patrol the back of the defense should help solve this problem.

Of the defensive transfers brought in, I think Wallace is the best player and the one most likely to see the pitch at the start of the season. I expect him to be at least a rotational player in several defensive sets and potentially a starter at some point this season.

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