Strong offers kicker at Junior Day

Though it came as a surprise, Central Hardin kicker John Wallace now has an offer from Louisville. Wallace attended the Cardinals Junior Day and received surprising news from Charlie Strong while in town.

Charlie Strong told John Wallace that he was offering a scholarship Saturday at Louisville's Junior Day and Tuesday the kicker from Central Hardin received the formal offer in the mail.

"Coach Strong pulled me into his office and he just said I have a scholarship," Wallace said. "That was the first time I had met Coach Strong and he said he wanted me to come to one of their camps and that I have time to think about it."

Wallace attended Louisville's Junior Day event with his parents. He visited Louisville last year but noticed big changes with Strong in charge.

"I thought the whole coaching staff was a big turnaround from last year and I liked it a lot better than I did last year," Wallace said. "I felt really comfortable there and everything seemed pretty good. It's a nice offer."

Wallace wasn't sure what led to Louisville's offer. He sent film to Steve Kragthorpe's staff last year but hadn't been in contact with Strong's new staff.

"I guess he might have seen me on Chris Sailer's website," said Wallace.

As a junior, Wallace made 11 field goals with a long of 49 yards against Logan County. He was an honorable mention All-State selection.

"They were asking if I could do all three – kickoff, placekick, punt," Wallace said. "My field goals hadn't been my strong area but punting has been getting better this year. I haven't started doing kickoffs yet. I'm trying to get my leg stronger built up before I do that."

On the recruiting front, Wallace has been hearing mostly from the two major in-state programs.

"It's mostly been Louisville and Kentucky," Wallace said. "Kentucky stays in contact and Alabama has sent me a few letters. Kentucky keeps saying they're going to offer but they haven't yet. I don't really know what's going to happen with that."

Wallace, who grew up rooting for Kentucky, is planning to visit the Wildcats this spring and also plans to attend Louisville's spring game.

"Louisville stands very high on my list. It's definitely a school I will take into consideration when I make my decision," Wallace said. "They were a lot more organized and they had a good plan going. My parents were really impressed compared to last year and they were happy about the offer but told me not to jump into anything else. Louisville sounds pretty good, I like the campus and the facilities."

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