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Oregon State’s highest-rated 2016 signee granted release

A very interesting week personnel-wise for Oregon State has taken yet another twist.

According to The Oregonian, a school spokesperson confirmed that Christian Wallace has been granted a release by OSU.  The only reason given was “personal reasons.”

The release will allow Wallace to pursue transfer opportunities.  Just what restrictions, if any, that were placed on the release are currently unknown.

A four-star member of the Beavers’ 2016 recruiting class, Wallace was rated as the No. 14 “athlete” in the country and the No. 43 player at any position in the state of Texas.  He was easily the highest-rated player in the Beavers’ class that year, and was the program’s only four-star signee.  In fact, he was OSU’s first four-star (or better) signee since five-star lineman Isaac Seumalo in 2012.

Despite that impressive pedigree coming to Corvallis, Wallace never played a down for the Beavers prior to his exit.  He was academically ineligible for his true freshman season, and spent most of this season as a member of the scout team.