Maryland DB Talks About OSU Trip

Defensive back A.J. Wallace of Pomfret, Md., who is a candidate for the scout.com national top 100, was a bit of a surprise visitor to Ohio State recently. Wallace spent time with players and checked out the Ohio North/South game, and he took some time out to chat with Kyle Lamb about what he thought about the trip. Click the link for more.

The summer has just begun for A.J. Wallace, but it's already been hectic. A day after returning from an unofficial visit to Ohio State, Wallace shared his thoughts on the visit before leaving home once more.

Wallace, a 6-1, 195-pound cornerback from Pomfret (Md.) McDonough High School, returned late Sunday afternoon from his trip to Columbus and was getting ready to leave once more on Monday afternoon for the Michigan Football Camp, which began yesterday.

"It was pretty good, actually," Wallace said of his visit to Ohio State this past weekend. "I enjoyed it a lot."

In addition to his visit to Ohio State, Wallace will camp at Michigan, and take summer trips to Florida, Florida State, and also Miami (Fla.).

Later this fall, Wallace also intends to take another round of visits as he tentatively plans to take all five official visits allowed by NCAA rules. He expects to wait until after his senior season before he makes his decision.

Wallace has collected an impressive list of scholarship offers that includes Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Maryland, Virginia, and many others.

For now, he's keeping an abbreviated list of schools that he names as favorites.

"I'm looking at a lot (of schools), but I haven't had a chance to narrow it down per se," Wallace said. "I would probably name the Florida schools, then Ohio State and Michigan as well. There are a couple of others too, like maybe Nebraska."

Thus far in the process, Wallace says he has visited Nebraska, Penn State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech in addition to his trip this weekend to Ohio State.

It was Nate Salley and Dionte Johnson of Ohio State that hosted Wallace on his visit this past weekend to Ohio State. He talked more about their activities.

"I got to see the Fisher Business College. It was real nice," Wallace said. "I got a quick tour of the campus and everything, and I saw Coach (Jim) Tressel and also the athletic director (Gene Smith). I got a chance to watch some of the camp, and I hung with the players and watch the Ohio all-star game—the North-South game. It was a really fun weekend."

According to Wallace, the best part of the trip was hanging out with his hosts and some of the players. He pointed out the team chemistry as the thing that most impressed him from the weekend.

"They were a funny group of guys, and they were all real cool," Wallace said of the team. "They each had their own style, and it made Ohio State really unique. They were a great group and got along really well."

The chemistry, in addition to academics, are two of the many things Wallace will be looking for in the schools he's considering to narrow it down to one ultimate choice.

"I'm looking for the atmosphere, style of play, and most importantly, the academic part of the school," Wallace added. "I'm also looking at the group of guys that I'm going to spend three or four years with while I'm there."

None of the teams Wallace considers will have any significant advantage when the selection process begins.

Wallace says that distance won't really be much of a factor, and further, there wasn't any one team that was ever a favorite for him growing up.

"To be honest, I just really used to watch players and not really any particular teams," he explained. "I honestly can't sit down and watch an entire game very often because of the dead spots here and there. I like football, but I never really followed any one team."

As Wallace turns his attention to the hectic summer schedule, he will follow up his two-day stay in Columbus with a few days in Ann Arbor, Mich. for the Wolverines' football camp. After that, everything remains in flux.

The busiest time of the year for Wallace is just beginning.

Wallace helped lead McDonough to an 8-3 record last year. He figures to be a candidate for the Scout.com national top 100 list, if not the top 50.

As a junior, Wallace had 1,367 yards and 26 touchdowns on 169 carries. 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.

He benches 290 pounds, squats 385 and has a 34-inch vertical leap. He reports a 3.3 GPA.


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