Wallace: ASU was always on my mind

The late addition of Bo Wallace gives Arizona State six Scout Top-300 recruits in the 2015 class, which may be its best haul in program history. The Sun Devils were apparently regularly in Wallace's thoughts even when he was signed elsewhere.

The mid-May addition of River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian High School athlete Bo Wallace to Arizona State's 2015 class is almost assuredly the latest in a recruiting cycle the program has added a four-star prospect, and improves what was already perhaps its best signing haul in history.

Ranked No. 261 overall, Wallace gives the Sun Devils their tenth four-star prospect in the class and sixth Scout Top-300 recruit.

Wallace's late availability was due to Notre Dame releasing him from his NLI after the NCAA Clearinghouse asked for a June re-test to his college entrance exam after an atypical test scorer spike that wasn't needed to achieve initial eligibility at most Division I programs, including ASU.

No harm, no foul though, is how Wallace looks at the situation. Long before he'd even signed with Notre Dame and continuing through when he received his NLI release in recent weeks, Wallace said he'd involuntarily find himself thinking about ASU.

"I kind of should have followed my first vibe," Wallace said. "I kind of envisioned myself at ASU before and knew I always wanted to go there. Sometimes you envision yourself playing somewhere and I've seen myself playing in that stadium, I've seen myself at Arizona State. But I never followed up on it.

"It's been like that since the beginning of recruiting. I talked to (ASU defensive line) coach (Jackie) Shipp more than any other coach. Even from the jump, like the beginning of last year. I know it's weird, but yeah."

A 6-foot-4, 220-pounder ranked as the No. 21 outside linebacker prospect nationally and No. 1 in Louisiana, Wallace had nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss as a high school senior. He is expected to play Devil backer at ASU, a position that had just two scholarship players, Alani Latu and Ismael Murphy-Richardson, practicing with the team in the spring.

"I pretty much knew where I wanted to go," Wallace said. "I don't know if I had a dream or a feeling or [a premonition] or what, but it was just something that was there.

When I was on my official visit, just talking to coach Shipp and learning about (former ASU standout and current Green Bay Packer) Carl Bradford and just watching a video of Carl Bradford and also myself and kind of like a comparison type thing, that was when I knew for sure. The amount of plays you can make (at the position) really stood out to me. Coach (Todd) Graham designs that position specifically for you to make plays."

A pass rush specialist, Wallace initially committed to Notre Dame over reportedly being offered a scholarship by Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and UCLA.. He said he is planning to be on ASU's campus in mid-June and would like to eventually play at 240-plus pounds.

"Obviously they have speed but I'll bring my speed," Wallace said. "I know they don't have guys that have the speed that I have, so that's what I will bring to the position."

Wallace was bumped to a four-star prospect by Scout.com after an impressive performance in January's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. He is the seventh scholarship player from Louisiana on ASU's projected 2015 roster.


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