A&M Legacy Receives Pleasant Surprise

Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) linebacker Aaron Wallace JR received his first offer from his father's alma mater Friday afternoon. Aaron also had a busy weekend in Los Angeles where he participated and performed well in both the NIKE Combine and Camp. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to the Aggie legacy about his eventful weekend.

Fort Worth, Texas was the setting of the first NIKE camp of the year on the TCU campus a few weeks back. There, an unknown linebacker from the Golden State burst onto the scene with an MVP performance. Although this 6-foot-4, 215-pound defender doesn't reside from the great state of Texas, his father's legacy at Texas A&M is widely known amongst Aggies across the Lone Star State. Before Rancho Bernardo linebacker Aaron Wallace JR took off for the NIKE Camp in Los Angeles on Friday, he received some exciting news from his mother.

"I wasn't even the first one to know," Wallace JR said laughing. "Coach Sherman called my dad to let him know they were offering me. My coach got the fax a few minutes later then my mom called me and told me the good news. I wasn't expecting A&M to offer me so early but I'm glad they did."

Academics, facilities, coaches, and playing time are just a few qualities Aaron listed as top priorities when he spoke about what he is looking for when choosing a school. It appears that Wallace JR wants to take his time during the recruiting process and just because his father went to A&M that doesn't mean he's an automatic Aggie lock.

"I've always liked Texas A&M, my dad loves them, so of course he wants me to go there. But, I haven't really had the chance to sit down and talk with my family about what I want to do. I'd like to go through the process and see what other schools offer me before I make my decision."

Aaron is starting to hear from some big time programs in the Pac-10.

"USC and Cal are the two schools I'm hearing from most right now besides A&M. Stanford has also expressed interest. USC has talked about offering. It would be tough to turn down an offer from USC but that's why I want to take my time with the process. I need to weight everything out first."

Aaron had a busy weekend in Los Angeles where he participated in both the NIKE Combine and Camp, where he was up for another MVP.

"The camp went well. I was up for another MVP. I was basically tied with this other kid. We did a one-on-one drill playoff-- whoever did the better job got the MVP. The running back I went against ran this wheel route comeback, kind of a weird route, I slipped so the other kid got the MVP."

The NIKE Combine uses a unique rating system called SPARQ, which is an acronym for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness. The SPARQ Rating is a scoring system designed to measure sport-specific athleticism, and it tells the athlete what areas he/she should concentrate their training and where they can improve. Aaron recorded a 4.71 forty, 4.28 shuttle, 41 foot power ball, and a 36inch vertical.

"I felt that I performed well this weekend," said Wallace. "I did the combine on Saturday where I scored a 116.4 on the SPARQ (2nd highest score). I'm pretty sure it was top 20 in the nation."

As of now, Wallace plans to attend the Rising Stars camp at the USC campus in June and a one-day camp in College Station this summer.


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