Given a chance to test himself against some of the best competition the Midwest, and even some of what the Mid-Atlantic states has to offer, Warren Central (IN) linebacker Jordan Wallace felt there was a lot to gain from this past weekend's Nike Camp in Columbus. Wallace entered the camp with eight verbal offers, and showed Saturday why a number of schools have expressed an interest.
"It was a great camp, it was real good competition," Wallace said. "It gave me a chance to really check myself, and let me know that I can compete with everybody else. At best, it gave me a chance to go back and see what I need to work on against the top tier guys."
When reflecting on his performance, he was able to point out one area where he feels he need to improve with, and another area he felt he did good at throughout the day.
"Sometimes I stop my feet; I get caught stopping my feet," Wallace said. "That's the main thing (to improve on). I felt I did good with the open-field tackling drills, and one-on-one pass rush. That was real good."
Prior to heading to Columbus on Friday, Warren Central head coach John Hart delivered the good news to Wallace that Pittsburgh became his eighth offer. The Panthers join Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Toledo, Western Michigan and Ball State as schools to verbally offer Wallace. In-state Purdue also appears close to making a verbal offer.
Being from Indianapolis, and having family in Pittsburgh, there's already two degrees of familiarity with the Pitt program that Wallace has been able to tie in.
"I know they have real good tradition," Wallace said. "They have some real good linebackers in the (NFL) like Clint Session that plays for the Indianapolis Colts. The city of Pittsburgh is a real nice city to live in. I have some family that lives there. That kind of stands out. I'm definitely going to go down there and take a visit, probably the summer."
The biggest impression that Wallace has seen, has been of the first-year coaching staff, which has now extended verbal offers into 19 states.
"The new coaching staff, there's a whole lot of really good people," Wallace added. "They want to bring in good people. They surround themselves with positive people. (Tight ends coach) Tony Dews, he's a real good guy. When they offer kids, they like to talk to them and get to know them first. People want to see what they're investing in. It gives me a really good vibe about them. They're trying to move forward."
Wallace finished his junior season with 97 tackles, including 61 solo stops, playing at both the MIKE and WILL spots in his team's defense. Also on his team are four-star defensive tackle Sheldon Day, who has in the neighborhood of 15 offers, defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson, Cincinnati commit Jonathan Burt, receiver Kevin Davis and another Cincinnati commit in running back Deionte Buckley.