Wallace Still Has OSU On His Radar

Defensive back A.J. Wallace from Pomfret (Md.) has an impressive list of scholarship offers and says Ohio State is in his top seven. Wallace visited Ohio State last month for the Texas game, but will not make his decision until the Army All-American Bowl in January. We caught up with him for the latest on his situation.

Pomfret (Md.) defensive back A.J. Wallace – ranked as the No. 9 DB in the country by Scout.com – still has Ohio State on his radar.

"Yes, they're in my top seven," Wallace said.

Wallace is also considering: Nebraska, Miami, LSU, Oklahoma, Penn State, Florida State and Florida. He says he does not have a leader among those schools.

"Not at this point, no," he said.

Wallace has not taken an official visit recently. He did visit OSU for the Texas game the weekend of Sept. 10.

"I had a good time," Wallace said. "I was expecting to see a hard-fought game and I did. Even though they lost, it really didn't matter. I just wanted to see the teamwork and everything and I thought they played good.

"It was very nice. The crowd and everything like that, they are real supportive of everything and I thought that was a good thing."

Wallace is being recruited to OSU by co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Luke Fickell.

"He's a real cool guy," Wallace said. "Real down to earth. Real easy to talk to. And (head coach Jim) Tressel actually called me recently. Coach Fickell will send me text messages to call him because he says Coach Tressel wants to talk to me one time a week."

Wallace was asked what goes through his mind when it's Tressel on the other end of the phone.

"It's cool," he said. "It's an honor to talk to him and everything like that, so it's cool."

Wallace was asked if there's one school that calls him the most. Is there one coaching staff that is especially aggressive?

"Not really. It's pretty much all equal right now," he said. "They all call about the same amount."

Wallace will make his decision on national television at the Army All-American Bowl in January.

"Yeah, I am going to do it at the All-American game," he said. "That's the plan for right now."

Wallace's high school team – Maurice J McDonough – is having a decent season thus far.

"We're 4-2 and second in our region and second in our conference," Wallace said.

Wallace is a two-way starter and has racked up 717 rushing yards and nine touchdowns from his tailback spot through six games.

Defensively, he has two interceptions and 63 tackles.

Teams are not throwing to his side of the field as much as he would like. "No, not too much," Wallace said.

Wallace (6-1, 200, 4.4) plays all over the secondary in high school. He is projected to be a cornerback in college, but he could also play safety.

"Yeah, right now I play corner and safety, but I'm not sure what I'll play in college," he said.

As a junior in 2004, 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.


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