A&M Legacy Visits, Finds Confidence In D/FW

Aaron Wallace Jr. embodies the old adage "The apple does not fall far from the tree." The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior from San Diego, California is the son of former Aggie great Aaron Wallace, who played for the Aggies in the 80's. The Rancho Bernardo linebacker made a weekend swing of the Lone Star State to visit his father's alma mater and participate in the NIKE Camp, where he won MVP honors.

Aaron Wallace Jr. embodies the old adage "The apple does not fall far from the tree." The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior from San Diego, California is the son of former Aggie great Aaron Wallace, who played for the Aggies in the 80's, and like his father, Wallace Jr. is a big defender with a ton of athletic ability. The Rancho Bernardo linebacker made a weekend swing of the Lone Star State to visit his father's alma mater and participate in the NIKE Camp in Fort Worth, where he won MVP honors.

"This was my second time down there to A&M. I was down there when I was a freshman and watched a football game against Oklahoma," Wallace said. "I thought the trip went really well. When I was a freshman we only got to watch the game so I didn't get to see all the inside stuff. This trip I got to walk around, see the facilities, and talk to the coaches, teachers, and nutritionist. I felt A&M is a great place to play football and go to school. I'll definitely consider it if they do offer me a scholarship."

At the moment, Wallace Jr. doesn't hold any offers, but he is hearing from a couple of Pac-10 schools like California and Stanford. Texas A&M is short on scholarships for their upcoming 2011 class so the A&M coaches stressed patience to the Aggie legacy.

"Coaches told me they were running low on scholarships and they wanted to wait it out a little bit and watch me in the mini-camp on June 6th. I was hoping for an offer but I'm ok with waiting. When it comes down it, I know my father was a great player there and I'm a legacy there, but I'm going to go to the school that best fits me and where I feel most comfortable. Like a home away from home."

As a junior, Aaron's frame already matches up with many of the current linebackers in maroon and white. In fact, Wallace could see himself in the same role as the nation's sack leader in 2009.

"I had the chance to meet Von Miller and that was a real honor. You know one day I hope that could be me. He sets a great example on how to be leader of a team."

Wallace paid close attention to the team drills and teachings of Coach Toth during the Saturday workout on Kyle Field.

"I had a chance to speak to Coach Toth. I like where he is coming from. He explained that he isn't out there to be a father but more like a big brother. It's great to have someone on the staff that you can trust and be able to talk to on a similar level."

Being from California, Aaron didn't know what to expect from the NIKE Camp. He didn't have high expectations going into it and to be honest, Wallace felt intimidated by the hefty group of Texas talent he would be competing against. His tune quickly changed once he hit the field.

"Starting off the camp I was a little bit nervous. I wasn't sure how different it was going to be. I hear about Texas kids breathe football, they're born to play football, and I knew it was going to be physical and fast. Once the camp starting going and I realized I could play with these kids, I had to trust my skills. Then, I started to let go and I began to impress the coaches. There were a lot of great players there so it felt good to perform well."

Performing well in camps and combines can be huge confidence boosters for recruits like Aaron. Winning MVP honors as the top performing linebacker after going against arguably the best running back in the country, Herschel Sims, is just what the doctor ordered.

"MVP was amazing for my confidence level. I'm so excited for the things to come and it really motivates me to work harder. At first, I wasn't going to go to the NIKE training camp in Los Angeles, but now that I got an MVP, I kind of want another one. I've decided to attend that camp now and hopefully I'll come out with two MVP's which will be great for the recruiting process."


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