Wallace, Evans Both Pick Penn State

Two of the worst-kept secrets in the college football recruiting game were revealed at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Saturday, when A.J. Wallace and Maurice Evans committed to Penn State. They too the occasion of NBC's telecast to jointly announce their decisions.

Wallace and Evans, who are both playing for the East squad, become the 15th and 16th members of State's Class of 2006. Both rank as four-star recruits by Scout.com.


"Wallace and Evans are huge gets for the Nittany Lions," Scout.com Eastern recruiting expert Bob Lichtenfels said from San Antonio. "Evans could be another Tamba Hali in two or three years. Wallace arrives at a position of need and landing him is big in the fact that Penn State was not even on his radar screen two months ago."

Wallace is a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from McDonough High in Pomfret, Md. He starred at running back and defensive back as a senior. But with his tall, lean build and physical style, he projects as a defensive back at the college level. That is where he played in the Army Bowl.

"It was a real touch decision," Wallace said. "I think I made the right decision."

Wallace had narrowed his list to Penn State and Ohio State before picking the Nittany Lions.

Evans is a 6-3, 252-pounder from Christ the King High in Middle Village, N.Y. He played defensive end and defensive tackle in college, but his quick first step and solid frame suggest he will focus on the former in college. Evans started at end in the Army Bowl.

"It was a hard process," Evans said. "I went with my heart."

Evans had narrowed his list to Penn State and Virginia, but appeared to cool on the Cavaliers when several key assistant coaches left the program for new jobs.

Two players who had previously committed to Penn State -- receiver Chris Bell and defensive tackle Jared Odrick -- also played for the East squad. Sam Young, a massive offensive lineman who is considering Penn State and several other schools, played for the East, too, but will make his decision at a later date.

Stay tuned to FightOnState.com for more from Wallace and Evans. Once the game is over, FOS recruiting reporter Rob Riva, who is in San Antonio, will have a chance to talk to them.


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