True freshman offensive lineman Marquis Wallace has left the West Virginia football program, WVU confirmed Sunday.
The university doesn't announce player departures and would not say where Wallace was headed, but a source said Wallace, from Richmond, Va., has enrolled at Marshall. Wallace was recruited in high school by Herd tight ends coach Phil Ratliff.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Wallace played at Varina High School where he was teammates with WVU true freshman running back Trey Johnson.
Wallace was sidelined by an eligibility concern during WVU's preseason camp. He practiced the first 10 days, but was flagged by the NCAA's Initial Eligibility Center and missed practices Aug. 18-20. He was cleared in time to play in the final scrimmage of camp Aug. 21.
The Mountaineers thought enough of Wallace to try him left guard and then drop him into other positions during camp to see if he could quickly adapt. He impressed early and offensive line coach Dave Johnson said Wallace was a "smart kid" who was "very analytical and talks about things and asks a lot of questions."
Wallace must sit out the 2010 season per NCAA transfer rules, but academic hurdles must also be cleared in order for Wallace to practice with the Thundering Herd football team. A source said the school plans to seek a waiver to allow Wallace to practice immediately.
Wallace is Marshall's third addition this week. A pair of Texas Tech signees -- cornerback Philip Warren and wide receiver LaVaughn Whigham -- have also joined the Herd. Warren and Whigham can play this season if cleared by the NCAA.Neither player met the academic requirements at Texas Tech.