Wallace Talks Visit, Tigers

Central standout Jonathan Wallace talks about his Saturday visit to Auburn.

Phenix City, Ala.--A player who has been a standout for the Central Red Devils since his freshman season despite playing mostly in a backup role, Jonathan Wallace finally got his chance to shine in 2010 and he did just that as he displayed the skills that should make him one of Alabama's top quarterbacks for the 2012 class.

Earning All-Area honors, the 6-1, 200 Wallace had more than 2,000 yards of total offense and 27 touchdowns as a junior with 1,200 and eight touchdowns coming through the air and another 850 and 19 touchdowns on the ground.

Those numbers have put several teams on notice that Wallace is a player worth taking a closer look at for the 2012 signee class. One of those schools is Auburn where the talented signal caller visited on Saturday for a junior day. He says several other schools are also in the mix at the moment.

"Right now Arkansas State has offered me," Wallace says. "I have been to Tennessee and I like them. I have been to Georgia Tech. They are in the race. Oregon has sent me something in the mail and I'm trying to get in touch with them. Those are the schools that are talking to me the most right now."

No stranger to the Auburn program having been on the Plains several times for games and camps, Wallace notes that taking the unofficial visit on Saturday gave him another chance to see what coach Gene Chizik's Tigers are all about as a football program.

"It was great," Wallace says. "We got shown around the campus. They talked to us about academics, which is one thing I'm really looking at. It's just the coaching staff themselves. They always preach about family. It's a great environment. I really like it. The overall experience was great."

What made the trip even better according to Wallace was having the opportunity to sit down and talk football, life, expectations, etc., with Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

"He's a joy," Wallace says. "He's very straightforward with what he likes to do. Every time I see him I get a big smile because of the type of guy he is. He's almost like a father figure to me. He's really demanding out on the field. As I have gone to camps he's really demanding in what he wants done. It's very nice."

A very good student who is among the best in his high school, it should come as no surprise that Wallace is taking a very thorough approach to making his college decision. He says at the moment he's in no rush, but he does have a plan he hopes to execute to get him ready for life on the next level.

"The advice I have been given is to take my time and enjoy it," Wallace says. "But I'm looking at trying to graduate early and get in for spring practice. I'm still thinking about it. I'll make my decision though whether I graduate early or not."


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