Miami Trace senior and soon to be graduate, Brady Wallace, has finalized a part of the next chapter in his life, last week signing a letter of intent to attend Marietta College where he will continue his football career and his education.
Wallace was joined by family, friends, coaches and administrators for the ceremony in the library at Miami Trace High School. Wallace could, in fact, be the final student-athlete from Miami Trace to sign a letter of intent in the original MTHS.
“When I was looking into college, I wanted a place that felt like home when I went there,” Wallace said. “I’m going to be spending four years there. Marietta is a nice place with great facilities. They have a good program there, so, I just knew it was the right fit once I went there.”
Wallace said that he also looked at Ohio Northern and Findlay.
“Between those three, I could easily narrow it down to Marietta,” Wallace said.
For football, Marietta is an NCAA, Division III school.
Wallace said that he will be a defensive back or a safety for the Pioneers.
During his four years at Miami Trace, Wallace played for two coaches; Steve Bartlett and Jerry Williams.
Wallace spoke about those two mentors.
“They’re both outstanding coaches,” Wallace said. “They both taught me a lot about the sport. They got me to where I am now. They taught me a lot of things through the years. I’m definitely grateful for them.”
For his senior season, Wallace rushed for 1,246 yards and 13 touchdowns on 176 attempts as the Panthers went 1-9 in 2017.
“It was a tough year going through it,” Wallace said. “Every practice brought us together a little bit. It was tough out there, but it was a great time. I would go through it again. I would love to go through it twice; it brought us all together and made us closer.”
Wallace reflected on his time spent at Miami Trace.
“The past four years have been great,” Wallace said. “Miami Trace has been awesome. I’ve got a look of good friends here and I’ve learned a lot. It’s been a great, growing experience and now I’m ready to move on to the next chapter.”
What about education-wise at Marietta?
“I’m leaning towards business right now,” Wallace said. “I’m probably going to study business management. I don’t know a certain ending point right now, but, I have a starting point.”
Did Wallace have a favorite class, and, if so, what was it?
“I know my English class this year was a great class,” Wallace said. “I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Mrs. (Andrea) Johnson is a great teacher.”
And the work-load that needs to be addressed at the next level?
“There’s going to be plenty more work to be put in now,” Wallace said. “I’ve finally gotten my chance, now it’s time to put in a lot of work and take a hold of this and keep moving forward. Now it’s time.”
“Brady is a very talented football player,” Miami Trace head football coach Jerry Williams said. “He was one of the most talented players I’ve coached in all my years. Offensively, he’s extremely skilled. I think Marietta is getting a steal by getting a kid of this calibre. He’s truly a ball-player who is going to help that program.
“He’s a good kid who comes from a good family,” Williams said. “He’s a winner all the way around.
“He’s a leader by example and kids do follow him,” Williams said. “They follow Brady and he meant a lot to our program. He was certainly the most talented kid out on the field. We used him with the ball and away from the ball as a decoy. He is a very exciting player to watch. I think a lot of people just came to watch him play.”