Down to three

Wide receiver Roberto Wallace of Oceanside has narrowed his list of favorites to three - one team resides in the MWC, one in the Pac-10, and the other in the Big 12.

San Diego State, Oregon State and Nebraska are his favorites and are recruiting him equally hard.

"I don't have a childhood favorite or anything. This whole recruiting process is very new to me," the 6-fooot-4, 200-pound player said. "This was only my first year playing football. I started playing because of Derek Shaw and our coach. They kept pushing me to try out because they said I was a good size and I had a receivers' body."

Distance could be a factor in his decision and he likes SDSU because the campus is close to home.

"I like SDS because they're in California and they're close," said Wallace who had 25 catches for 495 yards and 4 touchdowns in his first season of football. "They have a really nice school and it has a nice campus. I like the fact that I am pretty familiar with the campus because I've been there a few times.

"I like coach (Thom) Kaumeyer, he's real cool. I've known him since before they even offered me."

Despite the lure of being close to home, the intoxicating football atmosphere in Lincoln, Nebraska impressed him.

"I like Nebraska because they're a big-time school. They have a lot of prestige and history both academically and in football. They really caught my attention.

"I also like how the town around Nebraska is a college town and everything revolves around football."

Recently his teammate Derek Shaw brought pictures back from a trip to Corvallis. From what he saw he loves the green campus and likes Mike Riley.

"From what I could see the campus is just beautiful. Everything's green and it looks really nice.

"Oregon State's head coach Mike Riley seemed nice. He came to watch one of our practices and he gave me an offer on the spot.

"I went to a USC vs. Oregon State football game last year and Oregon State seems like they have a good team."

Wallace will take all of his visits and then make a decision. His parents do not have a preference of where they would like their son to attend college, they are just happy he is going to school for free.

"I'll base my decision on where I fit in," the honorable mention all-conference selection said. "the players, the coaches and a place that fits my academic needs (business management)."

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