UK Impresses Top TE on Visit

2008 Kentucky Wildcat Football Recruiting Update from Kentucky Sports Report's Rob Gidel

Ryan Wallace Profile

With offers in hand from several schools from across the country, Bowling Green (Ky.) tight end Ryan Wallace took a weekend trip to Lexington to check out the Wildcats play Eastern Kentucky.

"I had a good time this weekend," Wallace said of his trip to Kentucky. "UK just keeps moving up the list. My Dad and my mom had dinner at the Nutter Field House and met with some of the coaches before the game. We hung out with Joker (Phillips) and my Dad is really good friends with Coach (Chuck) Smith, just from coaching in high school.

"I was there with Winston Guy and Aaron Boyd. I know those guys, just from playing against each other. I'm actually pretty good friends with Winston, so it was good to see those guys. We all just hung out before the game. We got there just after the Cat Walk."

Kentucky has some stiff competition for the talented 6-foot-6, 255 pound tight end. With offers in hand from Ole Miss, Stanford, Colorado, Cincinnati and Kentucky, the options are plentiful.

"Early in the process I got down on Kentucky, a little bit, just because other schools offered me first nad I wondered why they hadn't offered since I was an in-state kid," Wallace described, "As it keeps going, they keep moving up. Right now they are in my top two. I plan on going back up there when they play Tennessee."

Stanford, Colorado, Kentucky, Purdue and Cincinnati round out Wallace's top five. Arkansas and South Carolina have recently talked about offering Wallace, with plenty more possibly on the way.

"I just sent out some more tapes to some more schools after the first game," Wallace said. "I played pretty good the first game and some schools wanted to see the first game before they offered, so I think I'll have more offers coming.

"I've set up visits with Colorado and Stanford for September," Wallace explained. "With UK, I know what to expect. I didn't have to take my official visit to be able to see what they are all about. I pretty much know.

"With Colorado and Stanford, I wanna get the experience."

So what were Wallace's impression with the Uk offense in the season opening win against Eastern Kentucky?

"They didn't really use Jacob Tamme very much," Wallace noted. "I think he only had like two catches, but obviously the offense wasn't as crisp since it was the first game of the year and all. Plus, it was Eastern, so I don't think they wanted to run much of their offense. Hopefuly by the time I come back for the Tennessee game, I'll see more and they will use Tamme alot more."

Colorado, another of the top five teams, was a game that was watched by Wallace, as well. He said the Buffaloes were impressive with their use of the tight end, as well.

"They really do use their tight end alot," Wallace observed. "They flex the tight end out a lot. Their passing game is alot like ours at Bowling Green. They do a lot of similar things to what Tamme does for UK."

In the end, the experience was a positive one for the in-state product Wildcat fans hope will stay inside the state for 2008.

"Walking in the stadium," Wallace shared, "A lot of Kentucky fans came up to me and talked with me. They really know who you are and recognized me. They kept on saying UK is the place for me. It's nice to have that kind of notability that people know who you are.

"I'm a low key guy," Wallace added. "It really really doesn't effect me much, but it's nice to know who they are and that you'll have fans whenever you get there."


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