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Alabama CB Wallace in Senior Bowl spotlight

— The Sports Xchange —

Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace has a big week ahead of him.

Wallace, a former no-star receiver out of Tucson (Ariz.) High School, was one of the most surprising stories of the 2017 football season. The senior, who originally survived a walk-on tryout at Alabama, emerged as a senior for the Crimson Tide, deftly holding down a cornerback spot and allowing All-American defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to roam the field as a do-it-all safety.

Wallace’s teammates dubbed him “The Technician” for his attention to detail.

Now, he will get a chance to show his stuff in front of NFL personnel men during the week of practice for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The week is capped by a game on Saturday.

Wallace (6-0, 183) is rated as a fourth-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, which writes:

“Wallace is a remarkable underdog story, but his football journey is far from over, displaying the athletic skill-set and ball production that translates to the NFL. Although he won t be the first Alabama defensive back drafted in April (maybe not the second or third either), when watching Crimson Tide secondary prospects in 2017, it was Wallace who consistently flashed more than anyone.”

Wallace, who had no scholarship offers as a 140-pounder out of high school, added considerable weight at Alabama and could still add more to his frame. How did he end up playing with all those five-star recruits for Nick Saban? Wallace was raised as a fan of the Crimson Tide by his father, who was from Tuscaloosa.

He was a valuable special teams player as a junior, also seeing some time as an injury-replacement. As a senior, he was twice the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, leading Alabama with 18 passes defended.

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler writes: “Now, he is arguably the best cornerback on the Senior Bowl roster and is competing for his pro future.”