Brett Wallan likes Army

One of the top football stars in Southern Oregon is very interested in Army and several other schools including Oregon, Washington State, Oregon State, Hillsdale (Michigan), Pacific Lutheran, Portland State, and Idaho. talked with TE/DE Brett Wallan of Medford South high school.

Brett Wallan has been busy this summer. In June he attended several camps including the Oregon and Oregon State half-day camps, Jason Gesser Northwest Elite camp in Seattle, a team camp at Gold Beach, and the B2G Elite Sports Camp in Los Angeles.

Wallan, who has good speed for a big man, has also been getting interest from several schools including Army. Wallan says he has heard from Army assistant coach Ian Shields, and that Shields says that Army will be watching closely how his season goes both on the field and academically. Wallan says that the Army staff likes the way he comes off the edge. The University of Idaho has also expressed a similar interest in him. They also want to wait and see how his senior year goes.

During his junior year Wallan was a force on field for South Medford. He had 74 total tackles including 51 solo stops and an incredible 13 tackles for losses. He also caused two fumbles, had three fumble recoveries, an interception, a pass deflection, and as a tight end had one reception for 13 yards.

Wallan says his ability to get off the ball is what makes him a great player. He attributes the development of that skill to the years he has spent on the offensive line, "I'm good at reading quarterbacks and their cadences; I get used to them, when they are going to go on 'one', when they are going to go on 'down', and when they are going to go on 'two'. I keep the corner of my eye on the ball and I watch my guy right ahead of me and I can get off real quick. A lot of times I can get off and make a move as he's still making that first step."

Wallan says he is very interested in Army, "One of our coaches, a pal of the head coach, he went to the Air Force Academy and was a career Air Force guy. I talked to him a lot last season about the Air Force Academy and what that was kind of like. I've always been more interested in the Army than the Air Force. When I did get contacted by Army I was pretty excited."

Wallan says he is likes the idea of serving as an officer in the Army, "Since I was six I've been saying to myself, 'You know what, I'm going to play in the NFL, that's what I'm going to do.' But I've been realizing lately that that's a really tough goal and I really hope that I do achieve that, get to play in the NFL, but that's my backup career. I'm looking a lot at going into the military and being an officer and maybe even doing Special Forces because I know that football can translate into the kind of toughness that they are looking for in a Special Forces officer."

Idaho, Army, Oregon and Portland State are the schools that Wallan says are recruiting him the hardest. He also mentioned that he was very interested Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Wallan, who is hoping to pick up his first offer soon, is now turning his attention to the 2009 South Medford football season. South Medford finished 10-2 last season but must replace 21 seniors. Wallan is excited that preseason practice is right around the corner, "I really love football and I like to practice." South Medford opens their season on September 4th at West Salem.

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