RECRUITING: Sooners visit Maryland cornerback

Pomfret, Maryland cornerback A.J. Wallace talks about his style of play, interest list and thoughts on Oklahoma.

A.J. Wallace, CB, 6'0 ½, 196, 4.4, POMFRET (McDONOUGH HS), MARYLAND:

College football teams now want big, physical corners as they are looking for bigger skill guys who can run. However, they also need great run stoppers on the edge, and A.J. Wallace fits that bill perfectly.

Wallace will begin his senior year as a three-year starter.He started at strong safety his sophomore year, before moving to corner and running back last year.

"I like playing corner more than safety, but I am getting recruited to play a little of both. I think I am getting recruited more to play corner than safety. I like corner because I like the challenge of bump coverage, and it is easier to make interceptions there than at safety. I just like being at the line of scrimmage more at corner than at safety."

Last season, Wallace finished with 65 tackles and two interceptions, while also recording 177 carries for 1,367 yards and 22 touchdowns as a running back.

"Half the schools recruiting me are looking at me at running back," said Wallace. "This gives me another option in college, but I really don't care on which side of the ball I play as long as I can get on the field. I guess a lot will be determined on how my senior year pans out."

Wallace went to the Nebraska and Maryland camps and the Maryland, Nebraska and Virginia junior days last summer. He wants to go to some camps this summer, but he is not sure how that will work out.

Wallace can bench 295 pounds, squats 385 and he has a 36-inch vertical jump. He has been offered by 27 schools at this point and he is trying to work that number down.

"I am just trying to take it all in and I am going to try to narrow down my choices this summer. I have been offered by Nebraska, Ohio State, Miami, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Clemson, Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Tennessee, Marshall, West Virginia, N.C. State, UCONN, Vanderbilt, Temple, Houston and Oklahoma. That is all the schools I can remember."

What are his thoughts on OU at this point?

"I like Oklahoma a lot," said Wallace. "They are a great program and I know they have a stable coaching staff, which I am looking for. One of their coaches came down to see me and I was very impressed that they thought enough of me to come and see me. OU is recruiting me as a corner and that is fine with me."

Wallace has his GPA and he will take his test in early June.

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