Wallace Connected to UCLA and Stanford

Aaron Wallace, the 6-4, 210-pound linebacker prospect from San Diego, who is starting to garner serious recruiting attention, has a unique connection to both the UCLA and Stanford football programs...

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo outside linebacker Aaron Wallace (6-4, 210) has grown up around the game of football. His father, Aaron Sr., was a nine-year pro with the Oakland Raiders after an all-American career at Texas A&M.

Now it's the younger Wallace's turn to be in the football spotlight as he starts to get recruited, with handful of programs showing interest in the junior linebacker.

"I've been sending my film out so I've been getting just letters right now, but no offers," said Wallace. "I just want to go to the school that is the best fit for me."

His father's alma mater, Texas A&M, is one he's interested in, but the rest are Pac-10 schools, like UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State and Washington State.

"I went to UCLA's Junior Day a couple weeks ago," said Wallace. "I met everyone up there, Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and talked mostly with Coach (Todd) Howard. They haven't talked about an offer just yet, but said they were looking at me."

Wallace's father and Howard are longtime friends and played together at Texas A&M, and he's been the coach recruiting Wallace for UCLA.

"He's really the only person I've talked with (regularly) at UCLA," said Wallace.

Stanford is also showing serious interest in Wallace, and he's planning on visiting Stanford in June.

And Wallace's father was also a teammate of Chester McGlockton, a defensive intern at Stanford, with the two playing with the Raiders together.

Texas A&M has been in contact with Wallace, but he said it's not been too serious yet.

Wallace said he's wide open, though admits that Stanford and UCLA are high on his list. "I'm open to going anywhere," said Wallace. "But I like UCLA and Stanford a lot because of the education and the degree. I know a degree from there is really good. There is a life after football and a degree from there really helps you out."

Wallace has played defensive end for Rancho Bernardo, but projects to be a linebacker in college. At the Las Vegas 7on7, he played some receiver and safety, but he sees himself as a linebacker in college.

"I'm getting recruited mainly as a SAM backer," said Wallace. "I could play some standup defensive end, but I want to play linebacker."

Wallace will be busy this spring and summer with camps. "I don't remember all of them, but I know I'm going to the Nike Camp at TCU, the Texas A&M camp, the UCLA camp and the Stanford camp for sure," said Wallace.

Academically, Wallace has a 3.5 GPA and took the SAT last weekend.

As a junior, he had 65 tackles for Rancho Bernardo.


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