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.
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.