McDonough High (Pomfret, Md.) athlete A.J. Wallace emerged early as one of the top prospects on the Michigan Wolverines' recruiting list. With his number of suitors growing daily (he already has close to 30 offers), the same can obviously be said for many other programs. Because of that, getting the highly coveted prospect on campus could potentially allow one of those suitors to set themselves apart. A few programs will get that opportunity, and as was reported here last week, Michigan will be one of them.
Wallace recently decided to attend Michigan's summer football camp next month so as to try to get a better feel for what the Wolverines have to offer. He will be looking to do the same on a few other summer trips as well. "I know my mom has family in Detroit, but I've never been to Michigan," Wallace said. "I was talking to my parents about it (attending Michigan's summer camp) and I can see it is one of the schools I'm really considering. So I want to see what it's like up there. I probably won't attend any other camps, but I might try to swing down to Florida and make a sweep through Florida and Miami … and then try hit Georgia and LSU."
One of the factors Wallace will be paying special attention to is the depth charts at the respective schools on his list … something that he has already done with Michigan. "I've seen that they have five corners and one of them is a senior," he said. "I definitely took a look at it to try see where I can see myself. They (Michigan) say I'd probably be a corner or safety. They said I have a good chance of coming in and playing some right away, and making an immediate impact."
Even though the Wolverines, Gators, Hurricanes, Bulldogs, and Tigers might
seem to have the early advantage (as evidenced by Wallace's plans to visit those
campuses), it would be very premature to think that he has narrowed things down
to a list of favorites. As a matter of fact, he is pretty far from it.
"During the summer I'm going to try to narrow it down to ten," he said. "As the season goes on, I'm going to see how the college teams are doing and see how things go there. Then probably at the end of my season, I'll probably narrow it down to five. Hopefully by January or February I'll have it narrowed down to which school I want to go to."
Final JR (8-3) stats: On 169 carries, the 6-1, 195 lb. Wallace rushed for 1,367 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also added 12 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Wallace picked off three passes and deflected 17 others, while also racking up 65 tackles. He also had three punt return scores. Bench: 290/Squat: 385/Vert Jump: 34"
Wallace reports a 3.3 GPA/summer first-time SAT and ACT.