Rico Wallace has already made history. Now it's just a matter of making the team.
When the Meade alum signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent on Sunday, he became the first ever from his college, Division III Shenandoah University, to do so.
The wide receiver is one of at least five former high school players from the Baltimore area who have signed with NFL teams following last weekend's draft.
Despite coming from a small school, Wallace impressed scouts by running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at James Madison University's Pro Day after making 67 catches for 1,241 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior year at Shenandoah.
“I’m just taking it one step at a time and getting ready for whatever they’re going to throw at me,” Wallace told The Winchester (Va.) Star. “I think it’s going to be a big transition going from D-III to pro so everything is going to be magnified, but I think I’m ready for it.”
The other local products to sign with NFL teams didn't have quite as steep a climb to get noticed by NFL teams, but they didn't all come from football hotbeds, either.
Delano Johnson (Dunbar) signed with the Houston Texans after a standout career as a linebacker at Bowie State.
The Texans also signed James Madison devensive end D.J. Bryant, of Randallstown.
As we wrote about earlier in the week, Temple offensive tackle Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) signed with the Detroit Lions and the Ravens signed Mississippi State's James Carmon (City).
Did we miss any local products who have signed undrafted free-agent deals? If so, shoot me an email.