A pair of future Nittany Lions will suit up for the East squad in the 2019 All-American Bowl on Saturday. The game will air live at 1 p.m. on NBC. Offensive lineman Caedan Wallace and linebacker Lance Dixon have been representing Penn State in San Antonio all week long.
Wallace will start the game at left guard and Dixon will be a starter at outside linebacker.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Wallace, a New Jersey native, has impressed all week long. He will wear No. 73 for the East, which will be wearing black.
“There’s not many offensive linemen in the country that can move like Caedan Wallace,” said 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong. “He’s taken on the best defensive linemen here in San Antonio and has won his fair share of reps against five-stars. He’s as close to college-ready as an offensive lineman can be coming in and he’s a guy who I think can make an impact in year one at Penn State in some capacity with his size and ability to move. He brings that toughness and confidence necessary at the position, too.”
Dixon made one of the top plays of the week in pass coverage, running stride-for-stride with slot receiver Dominick Blaylock before picking off a pass. He’s one of the nation’s elite athletes at the position.
“He’s just shown incredible athleticism here,” said Wiltfong. “Penn State, the way that they’ve recruited, they’re adding elite second-level defenders and Dixon is in that boat. He’s a rangy, active player that has not only shown that he can come in and fill against the run game but can also get downfield and make plays. He’s one of the fastest linebackers in the country.”
Dixon will wear No. 52 for the East. He will go from San Antonio straight to Happy Valley, where he will enroll at University Park for the spring semester. Wallace will enroll in the summer and play in the Polynesian Bowl in January.
Also starting for the East squad on the offensive line is Huntington (WV) Spring Valley offensive lineman Doug Nester. The 6-foot-6.5, 314-pound Nester took an unofficial visit to Penn State before the Early Signing Period and will likely return to Happy Valley for an official visit in January. Safety Nick Cross, out of DeMatha High School in Maryland, will start at safety for the East. He is currently committed to Florida State but did not sign with the Seminoles in December.
Penn State currently has the No. 10 recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports.