Wallace Lands A Coveted Offer

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo linebacker Aaron Wallace was one of the standouts at UCLA's camp on Sunday and his performance finally earned him an offer...

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo outside linebacker Aaron Wallace (6-3, 220), nearly pulled the trigger for his father's alma mater, Texas A&M two weeks ago, but Wallace has held off.

"The Aggies almost got me a couple of weeks ago but I just thought I'd wait a couple weeks and check out the schools and do the camps, and if I still felt the same, and liked them more then everyone else still, I'd commit to them," said Wallace.

In that meantime, Wallace landed an offered he'd coveted for some time, from UCLA.

"They offered me at the camp between the two sessions (Sunday)," said Wallace. "I was really trying to work hard to impress them and get the offer and it finally came, so it's pretty relieving. UCLA is a really good school, and it's close to home and I have the option of going home and my mom coming up here and seeing my games."

Washington has also offered Wallace, and he hopes to get to Seattle later this summer.

"I'm going to the Sparq National Championship in Beaverton so I'm going to try and go by Oregon and Washington next month," said Wallace. "I plan to decide before my senior year."

While Wallace said he's looking at the Aggies, Huskies and Bruins all closely, he admitted that A&M and UCLA are in a good place for him.

"With A&M, I'd be close to my dad, and with UCLA, I'd be close to my mom," said Wallace. "My mom is already trying to put her two cents in. She's really done everything for me growing up so the least I can do is think of her when I consider college. My dad lives in Texas and he'd like me to play at A&M where he played, but they're both like do what's best for me."

Wallace was the top defensive performer at the UCLA camp on Sunday.

"They offered me as an outside linebacker. There were some good tight ends here and I got in some good work, but I know I still have things to work on," said Wallace. "Coach Neuheisel said they were offering me after the first part of the camp and coach (Tim) Hundley and Coach (Todd) Howard, who played with my dad at A&M, talked to me. Coach (Clark) Lea said I'd make his summer if I committed. I was pretty relieved to get the UCLA offer. Before, I was thinking, ‘how will I fit in, in Texas, or how will I fit in, in Washington,' but now I can think about being two hours away."

Wallace said that he would like a decision made by the end of next month.

"Probably by the end of July, like a week or two before we actually start football," said Wallace. "I want to go to the camps and have some time off."

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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