ATLANTA — Topsail High School freshman Cody Wallis is coming off a memorable trip over the holidays as part of a group of football players from across the nation to take part in the annual Offensive-Defensive (OD) All-American Bowl Week.
The OD All-American Bowl is an annual event held to spotlight the country’s top high-school seniors. As part of the festivities, participants also compete in youth (grades 1-8), underclassmen (grades 9-10), and rising star (grade 11) games. Players are chosen solely based on their attendance and performance at one of the 60 OD camps held throughout the year. Participants are ranked based on the recruiting services evaluation.
Wallis was listed at No. 7 in the country of the 13 quarterbacks who received an assessment among 2020 graduates. The freshman standout recently wrapped up his rookie season for the Pirates. He took part in the three-day OD camp held July 16-19, 2016, on the campus of North Carolina State.
“Cody [Wallis] is one of the best natural quarterbacks I’ve had coming up in a while,” said Topsail Head Football Coach Wayne Inman. “The biggest thing right now is trying to put the cart in front of the horse. He’s driven. He wants to be good and wants to work at it. He has good mechanics and a desire to play. We just have to continue to get him stronger.”
The quarterback from Hampstead participated in the ninth and tenth grade showcase game on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. The game was played at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, half hour drive north of Atlanta. Wallis took about 20 snaps in helping lead his team to a two-point victory.
“I think it was an experience for him,” Inman added. “It gave him an opportunity to get in the atmosphere around players who have similar ambition. I watched some of the film. He was able to complete some passes.
“Right now it’s about being patient and working on getting better,” Inman said. “I tell this to all the young guys who have aspirations. It’s not only about exposure, it’s about getting better. They’ll find you if you’re good enough.”