Wallace: Visit to PSU is Official

A.J. Wallace, a four-star prospect from McDonough High in Pomfret, Md., is winding down his recruitment, and capping off his remaining official visits. Wallace, who was tentatively scheduled to take a trip to Miami, decided to check out Penn State this weekend.

Speculation as to whether the visit was an official or unofficial was laid to rest by Wallace.

“Yes, it is an official visit,” he said.

Currently, Wallace said his top six schools, in no order, are: Ohio State, Nebraska, USC, Florida State Penn State, and Miami. He has also taken visits to Ohio State, Nebraska and Florida State. At this time, Wallace said that he has no leader among the six schools.

“It's been going good,” Wallace said. “It kind of gets a little rough. But I think I'm handling it pretty well. Sometimes with the calls, you get to talk to all of the coaches, it gets overwhelming.”

The visit to Penn State will not be Wallace's first. Back in October, Wallace made the trip when the Nittany Lions took on Ohio State. It was an unofficial visit.

“It was a good experience,” Wallace said. “The crowd was in it. The fans were real good. Then I got a chance to talk to the coaches and players. It was real good. I felt real comfortable down there.”

During his stay in Happy Valley that Saturday, Wallace said he had an opportunity to speak with current Nittany Lions' freshmen Derrick Williams and Justin King, in addition to departing seniors Alan Zemaitis and Calvin Lowry.

“[My expectation is] just to see the campus and to see what the school will do for me and talk to the coaches,” Wallace said. “I just want a good feel of place.”

At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Wallace has the frame, athleticism and ability to play multiple positions in college, including running back and defensive back. Where would Penn State's staff like him to play?

“They're recruiting me to play on both sides of the ball, I'm not really sure at what type of position,” Wallace said. “When [the Penn State coaches] came to my game, they asked me if I wanted to play running back, then they talked about defense.”

To clarify, Wallace indicated that his understanding is that Penn State staff would consider utilizing him much like King, on both sides of the ball in the same game.

“I think it would be for in the same game,” Wallace said.

As to a position preference, Wallace said he does not have one at this point.

“I like having the ball in my hands,” Wallace said. “I don't really have a preference.”

Also making the trip from Maryland to Penn State this weekend is J.B. Walton. Wallace said that he and Walton are close, and since the trip fit into their schedules, decided to take their official visits to Penn State the same weekend.

“When it came down to it, we planned to take official visits, his dad and my dad are close, and we're close,” Wallace said. “We talked and our schedules worked out and it became a free weekend and we decided to come down.”

Wallace said he plans to announce his decision at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas in January. FightOnState.com will be there for the game and the announcement.

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