Wallace: Enter the Lions

Few people anticipated U.S. Army All-American A.J. Wallace would be among the star-studded list of visitors when Penn State took on Ohio State in Happy Valley Saturday. Wallace admits that PSU wasn't even on his radar before the visit. Has that changed now?

Scout.com's No. 9 rated cornerback prospect, A.J. Wallace of Pompfret, Md., surprised everyone when he showed up at University Park on Saturday. Wallace decided to attend the game with his friend J.B. Walton; he left Penn State with a new respect for the Nittany Lions.

“I really just went to watch a game,” Wallace said. “I went up with J.B. Walton, and I have to admit I became very interested. Penn State is now a school I am considering.”

As is often the case at Penn State this season, the rabid fan base showed its spirit against the Ohio State and it caught the eye of the McDonough High four-star defensive back.

“The atmosphere was real crazy, those fans were hyped,” he said. “The most impressive thing I saw was how the freshmen are making an impact there, that's a big factor for me.”

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back has taken official visits to Florida State and Ohio State, and has a future visit planned to Nebraska (10/28). According to Wallace, Penn State is now in the running for one of his final two visits.

“I'm looking at Penn State, Florida, LSU, Miami and Oklahoma for the final two spots,” he said.

Penn State's return to prominence has been a key factor for Wallace as well.

“They came back and turned it around this year,” he said. “They have a bunch of good recruits looking at them; if they get another good class in there they'll be set for a while.”

Nittany Lions assistant coach Larry Johnson is a former head coach at McDonough.

Penn State is recruiting Wallace as a safety who could also play cornerback. FightOnState.com will have more on Wallace and Penn State as it develops.


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