L.J. Wallace already had high interest in Colorado, so when the Buffaloes extended an offer last week, they jumped to the top of his list.
"Colorado is definitely my favorite now," said the versatile 6-foot-3, 190-pounder. "I like their coaching staff a lot and the corners that have come out of there, especially Ahkello Witherspoon, that has definitely caught my eye. Ahkello came from one of my 7-on-7 teams, the TMP Elite, so I know him pretty well. I have always liked Colorado."
Wallace has been in contact with multiple members of the Buffaloes' staff, including head coach Mike MacIntyre and director of quality control Daniel DaPrato.
"The first time I talked to Coach MacIntyre a couple days ago, he offered," Wallace said. "He was saying how I am the type of player, with my length and speed, that would fit well into their scheme. They lost a couple corners to the NFL and they feel like I can keep their defensive backfield playing at a high level."
Wallace hopes to take an unofficial visit to Boulder sometime this summer and he plans to attend a camp at San Jose State on June 18th that the Buffs' staff will be guest coaching at.
Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State and Wyoming are the other colleges that have extended an offer to Wallace so far and he is drawing increased interest from Montana, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Yale.
"The education, obviously, and then if I have a good bond with the coaches and feel comfortable at the college," Wallace said when asked what factors will play heavily into his college decision. "I have to feel like it is the best place to spend four years."
A two-way standout at Buhach Colony High School, Wallace also returns punts and kicks, and serves as the team's long snapper on special teams. He is listed as a safety prospect on Scout.com but is being recruited by most schools as a cornerback.
"The colleges say they like my length and how I play at my size, how I am aggressive," he said.