"Ace" in the hole

They boast one of the most vaunted defensive lines in the entire state of New Jersey and are anchored by 6-foot-2 and 235-pound Wallace "Ace" Oldham. "Ace" Oldham is a natural defensive end but could make the switch to O-LB or even play the Guard and Fullback position if needed.

Wallace Oldham will be anchoring one of the top defensive lines in the state this upcoming year for the St. Joe's (Montvale, New Jersey).  While practically every free moment is spent in the weight room improving himself for his senior year, Wallace "Ace" Oldham has been focused on his recruitment which has taken up a significant amount of his summer time. 

"After the Elite Combine (May), I went to an MSL Combine at Connecticut on May the 14th.  Then I went to West Virginia for their Senior Day.  Then I went to the Cincinnati Camp on June 11.  And the Boston College camp which went really well was June 20-23 and New Hampshire this past Wednesday," stated Oldham.

After a busy last couple of months what are Oldham's future plans?

"I'm going to the Delaware line camp on the 25th [July].  Then the 16th and 17th I'm going to Northeastern [this past weekend], the 20th I'll be at the University of Rhode Island and the 31st I got invited to a Delaware senior day.  And the 7th of August I'll be at Hofstra."

What were some of Oldham's experiences at the various camps he attended?

"When I went to West Virginia it was a rising senior day and they put pictures on Scout.com (Oldham, left, during one of his drills).

"The Boston College camp went really well.  I got a chance to work with a small group and do drills in front of a lot of coaches.  I talked to most of them
and most of the coaches I talked to invited me to their camp."

"I talked to Mike Dawson from New Hampshire.  Mike Dawson is the Defensive Coordinator.  I really enjoyed working with him and learned a lot from him in a short period of time."

While Oldham has yet to receive any offers he does have a long and varied list of suitors, including Hofstra, Northeastern, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Cincinnati.

What are Oldham's thoughts on the Big East's Mountaineers?

"I get mail 3 times a week from them.  I've been there twice.  Coach Herb Hand is recruiting me.  I really like him, he is a real nice guy."

"I only got a chance to talk to coach Rodriguez for a couple minutes.  He's really intense and seems like his motor is always going.  I got a chance to check out their highlight tape and I was really impressed by their overall team speed and power."

Is Oldham, who is receiving strong interest from one of the Big East's top dogs, ready to name a list of favorites?

"I like West Virginia, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Connecticut, and Maryland."

In the meantime Oldham is finding time to train, work out and prepare for his senior season in between his camping trips.

"I've been working on both my speed and strength.  I run twice a week and lift 3 times a week.  For my speed I work on my start and my 1st ten yards on 1 day, then I work on my change of direction, like shuttle and cone drills."

A fantastic athlete that will be one of the senior veterans that the Green Knights will look to this upcoming season, Oldham will be anchoring one of the more dominant defensive lines in the entire state as he looks to help guide St. Joe's to a seventh straight state title.

bench: 315-pounds.     squat: 480-pounds.


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