UCLA Will Have Wallace at Camp

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo linebacker Aaron Wallace, who is emerging as one of the best at his position in the west, will camp at UCLA in June, and already the Bruin coaches have been by his high school campus this spring...

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo outside linebacker Aaron Wallace (6-3, 215), quietly went about his business the first few months of the recruiting process, knowing that all he needed was a chance to show what he could do, and the offers would come.

"Before the TCU Nike Camp, I wasn't talking to anyone a whole lot, but then I got the MVP there and then did really well at the L.A. one and it really pushed me, so the camps really put me out there," said Wallace.

Wallace got his spring started in style when he was named to the Vegas 21 Team by Scout.com at the Badger/New Level 7on7 in Vegas in March. Then came stellar showings at the TCU and USC Nike Camps.

Offers sandwiched the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, with Texas A&M offering just days before and Washington offering just days after.

"The first one is always the hardest and the one you're most anxious for," said Wallace. "When I got the first one from Texas A&M, I was relieved."

Since those two offers came in, more schools have been expressing interest, setting up plans to visit the Rancho Bernardo campus.

"I know UCLA and USC were at my school last week," said Wallace. "Coach Tim Hundley from UCLA came and Coach Joe Barry from USC was there. Coach Dat Nguyen from Texas A&M is coming by and so are coaches from Boise State, Cal and Northwestern."

The Texas A&M offer made a big impression on Wallace, with his father one of the finest players in Aggie history.

"I had a feeling they would offer but I thought they would wait until the June camp," said Wallace. "But they really gave me something to think about, especially being my first offer. A&M is definitely going to be a school I'll look at close. Coach (Mike) Sherman is really nice and I'm sure he'll look after me. Obviously, my dad wants me to go there. He doesn't really let out bursts of emotion, but he was yelling and screaming because he was so happy when they offered me."

Still, Wallace said his father is open to wherever he wants to go, leaving it completely up to him.

"Wherever I fit in best and whichever school prepares me the best for after college, that's where I'll go," said Wallace. "I'm not in any rush to decide. I'm hoping for more offers, so I can go on some visits to see the schools I like and go from there."

Wallace said he's planning to attend the UCLA Camp, the USC Rising Stars Camp and Texas A&M's camp in early June.

In terms of narrowing a list of favorites, he's not quite ready to do that.

"I don't have a top five right now, but I will when I get more options and I can narrow them down," said Wallace. "But as of right now, I don't have a top five.

Wallace also plans to graduate early so he can enroll in spring, something that is important for him to do.

Academically, he has a 3.5 GPA and he scored a 1600 on the SAT.

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


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