Wallace Down to Two

A.J. Wallace is one of the top prospects in the nation and a member of the Scout.com National Hot 100. Wallace, from McDonough (Md.), is a four-star prospect that will also play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next month.

Wallace finished his senior season with 220 rushes for 2,100 yards and 28 scores. He also had three interceptions on defense and returned three kicks for touchdowns. His team finished 6-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Wallace played running and defensive back and projects as a cornerback, wide receiver or to play both positions in college.

Now his attention has turned to recruiting and coming up with a decision. Wallace already has taken four of his five official visits. The lucky four schools have been Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Florida State. If he does make a fifth visit it will likely be to Southern Cal or Miami.

"I will likely not take it," said Wallace. "Right now I am leaning towards Ohio State and Penn State but don't count out Nebraska and Florida State, especially after Bobby Bowden makes an in-home visit with me next Thursday."

Since the in-home visits started this month, Ohio State, Florida State, Nebraska and others have made it to the Wallace home. So far Ohio State stands out.

"Coach Tressell was a great in-home visit. He answered a lot of questions I had. It's of like living a dream with these guys coming over. It's a real blessing and can be breathtaking."

So what stands out with his four finalists and his two leaders?

"Ohio State is a place where I know my game will improve because they develop players so well. I also love the coaches and players and they just do everything on a national scale. Right now they say they like me on offense as a receiver and perhaps even play both ways.

"Same with Penn State. They said I can do some of the things that Justin King is doing. That's a place where I really love the coaches, especially Coach Johnson and Coach Norwood. I have a real connection with them, especially coach Norwood.

"Nebraska likes me at cornerback but now they are saying I need the ball in my hands. When I think of Nebraska I think of great people and there is a lot of opportunity there.

"Florida State is just an amazing program that has that swagger about them. I love that and their tradition."

Wallace is slated to make his decision on January 7th during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.


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