Wallace Discusses Weekend Visit To OSU

Pomfret (Md.) McDonough defensive back A.J. Wallace is considered one of the top 100 players nationally by Scout.com. The 6-1, 200-pound Wallace ventured to Columbus Saturday to make an official visit for the Texas game weekend. Wallace shares his observations on the trip and where things stand with his college choices.

Pomfret (Md.) McDonough defensive back A.J. Wallace returned home today after his weekend visit to Ohio State for the Texas game.

Wallace (6-1, 200, 4.37) is considered one of the nation's top 100 prospects. He is ranked 90th overall by Scout.com. He is also ranked ninth nationally at the cornerback position and No. 4 overall in his home state of Maryland.

He was hosted on his OSU visit by freshman cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. Wallace played in his team's season opening game Friday night, logging 16 tackles in a loss. He then took the first flight Saturday morning to Columbus and was on campus all day as the Buckeyes prepared for their showdown with Texas.

"It was pretty cool," Wallace said. "I was there from start to finish. I got to see how everything is run on game day. I even had breakfast with the team. It was neat to see how the seniors get their food first, then the juniors and the sophomores and the freshmen."

Wallace joined the team's march from the Blackwell hotel across the street to St. John Arena for the Skull Session.

"The Skull Session was amazing," he said. "We were walking through the crowd and they were cheering and acting like that. The support they get from the crowd and the fans who were there was amazing. They said they already had like 100 RVs in the parking lot on Friday."

Next, of course, came the game.

"That was crazy, too," Wallace said. "I got to meet Eddie George and that was pretty cool. The crowd was hyped up. Even when they got down, they were still cheering. I can't remember a quiet moment."

After the tough loss to Texas, Wallace said the Buckeyes took the defeat in stride.

"I like how they handled it," he said. "They knew they had lost and thought they should have won. But they didn't take it out on anybody."

Wallace said he got to spend some quiet time with OSU head coach Jim Tressel on Sunday. He talked about where things stand now.

"Coming off my visit, they would be pretty high on my list," Wallace said. "That was a pretty good visit. As far as football, they said they would work me into things during camp as a freshman at corner. They said if I worked hard, I could even have a chance to start as a freshman."

Wallace also has trips set to Florida State Oct. 1 and Nebraska Oct. 29. He will decide between Florida, Miami (Fla.), LSU and Oklahoma for his last two trips.

As a junior, Wallace had three interceptions, 17 pass break-ups and 65 tackles on defense. On offense, he had 169 carries for 1,367 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also added 12 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three punt return scores.

"I think I bring speed and some aggressiveness to the defensive game," Wallace said. "As a cornerback, I want to work more on my footwork and break the ball up faster.

"I have good vision and I make good cuts. I get the yards when needed – if it's fourth-and-1, I'll get that yard. I'm good at being quick to change direction and outrunning people using angles. And as running back I need to let the holes develop more and then run."

Wallace, who benches 300 pounds and has a 34-inch vertical leap, reports a 3.2 GPA and a 21 on the ACT.

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