Wallace Ready To Start In Westwood

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo linebacker Aaron Wallace will enroll at UCLA next month and he talked about his official visit to Westwood this past weekend...

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo outside linebacker Aaron Wallace missed his entire senior season with a torn ankle ligament.

Wallace committed to UCLA in July and he's scheduled to enroll early, next month specifically, and he's chomping at the bit to start spring football.

The 6-4, 215-pound three-star took his official visit to UCLA over the weekend.

"It was really good being up there," said Wallace. "I got to meet a lot of the freshman players that were around and some of the redshirt guys too. They were all really cool and we all hung out and got to know a lot of the guys."

Wallace was hosted by freshman linebacker Phillip Ruhl and he and several of the other freshman gave Wallace reason to look to his future.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of that resurgence, that's what I'm hoping for," said Wallace. "That's what all the freshman were saying to all the recruits, they're trying to turn things around."

Wallace has been to UCLA numerous times for unofficial visits and for various camps, but said this visit in particular was the best.

"I've been there a few times before, but when we were touring the campus, I saw some things I hadn't seen before. Going on this trip made more confident in my decision," said Wallace.

Wallace said that the only school still pressing him was Texas A&M, primarily because his dad was an Aggie legend.

"He's still pulling for Texas A&M and they've talked with me, but I won't be going anywhere else," said Wallace. "I'm looking at more of the big picture and looking at UCLA for more than football. I know it's a big decision, school wise and I look at the education I'll get."

Wallace is looking forward to next month, when he enrolls at UCLA.

"I'm all set for early graduation next week, but it's weird, because in high school, I feel all big and older than everyone, but being in college, I'll be smaller and younger than everyone else."

Wallace said he'll be good to go for the spring.

"I'll be fine for practice, conditioning and lifting weights," said Wallace. "If Akeem Ayers does go (to the NFL), and I'm able to learn the defense, there is a chance I could play as a true freshman. If he comes back, I can really learn a lot from him."

And Wallace said he can't wait to be all set at UCLA.

"It's exciting for me to be here," said Wallace. "The sooner the better, especially not being able to play my senior year. I've been able to maintain my weight and I didn't really lose any or gain any."

Wallace was joined by his family and he said that his mother enjoyed the visit.

"My mom came with me, and she tried to sit back and let me look at it from my perspective," said Wallace. "She wants me to feel confident by myself and I do."

He spent much of his time with the defensive coaches as well as head coach Rick Neuheisel.

"I talked a lot with Coach (Clark) Lea and Coach (Chuck) Bullough and Coach Neuheisel showed me around a lot. A lot of the defensive coaches talked with me, especially Coach Hundley," said Wallace.

Hundley was in San Diego on Tuesday for an in-home visit with Wallace.

Wallace said that despite the injury, UCLA never wavered with him.

"It was one of those things, where I got lucky committing early, and then having this all happen, I'm very grateful to UCLA for sticking by me," said Wallace. "I'm lucky they were so cool with it."

Wallace said when he gets to UCLA, he'll continue to rehab it with the medical staff. He'll also be able to start working out in January.

"I'm really excited about that," said Wallace. "I'm wanting to get in the weight room, start running and do the best I can."


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