While Washington (D.C.) Woodson's three-star linebacker Juan Wallace is committed to Syracuse, Signing Day is at least six months away.
Wallace wants to be sure before he inks to a school and, on Sunday, that meant an unofficial visit to Rutgers. Rutgers made time for Wallace and his father with more than 500 campers in Piscataway. It was Wallace's second visit of 2017.
“I saw a little bit of their camp, but it was more about beyond football,” Wallace said. “I saw the dorms and the campus lifestyle, and I liked the setting there. I saw their life beyond the game presentation and I like the mindset there. To me, I don't look at the hype. I look beyond football. Everybody wants to go to the league, but the thing is what am I going to do when I put the ball down? When I put it down, I can pick up something in the business world.”
Head coach Chris Ash connected most with Wallace during the visit. Unlike many of Wallace's other suitors, Ash is a defense-based coach.
“It's great talking to a defensive head coach because you can get a connection in terms of schemes and plays,” Wallace said. “It's a blessing to have a defensive coach. It would be great to have that extra position coach with a head coach that can work with you.”
Defensive coordinator Jay Niemann and cornerbacks coach Henry Baker also met with Wallace during a long day on campus.
“They had the same message,” Wallace said. “They talked to me about the rebuilding process and how (strength and conditioning coach Kenny) Parker is developing their players and they're getting more experience. Coach Ash is a defensive head coach unlike all of the offensive head coaches. He knows what he's doing about defense winning championships. He has the blueprint. He just needs the players.”
Wallace hopes to visit Georgia this week but remains committed to Syracuse.
“I'm still cool with Syracuse,” he said. “But I have to check out a couple of of schools to fill everything out and make sure I go to the best place for me.”