Wallace Inching Closer to Decision

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo linebacker Aaron Wallace will choose a college before July ends, and the three-star linebacker is down two finalists, from the Big 12 and the Pac-10...

San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo outside linebacker Aaron Wallace (6-3, 220) is winding down his recruitment dand the three-star 'backer is down to a pair of schools.

"I'm down to Texas A&M and UCLA," said Wallace. "I have more personal ties to each school, they're closer to my family, I know people there in and around the area. My dad (former Aggies star Aaron Wallace) is for A&M and my mom is more Team UCLA because she wants me close by."

So Wallace plans to make his decision known late next week, when he'll announce at Gridiron Kings in Orlando.

"That was something they wanted me to do, so I'll be doing it on ESPN at Gridiron Kings," said Wallace.

Wallace camped at both UCLA and Texas A&M this spring, and this week, was able to take a visit to UCLA with his father and mother joining him.

"It was good, I really enjoyed it and it was a good visit for me," said Wallace. "I haven't gotten to see the football side of things as much before. Coach (Rick) Neuheisel was with us and he gave us a tour. And he had to go so then Coach (Clark) Lea took over from there. There wasn't too much pressure on me to commit, it was just them presenting their case."

Wallace's father also got to reconnect with his former Aggie teammate Todd Howard, now the Bruins' defensive line coach.

"My dad was up there and it was important to him too, to hear what the coaches had to say," said Wallace. "He talked a lot with Coach (Todd) Howard, then they walked off and they were visiting with each other. Probably talking about the glory days."

Wallace said he won't be able to make it down to College Station one last time before he decides.

Last week, Wallace attended the Sparq National Championships in Beaverton and was able to take an unofficial visit to Oregon. He placed 19th at the national championship.

"It was fun and a great experience," said Wallace. "But I'm ready to start hitting again. The Sparq thing was nice, because it wasn't 7on7, but still had to do with football. I'm ready, though, definitely, for football to get going."

Wallace is also ready to make his decision known.

"I'm ready to get the process over with and just get to play my senior season," said Wallace. "I feel like I'm really getting better and I'll be graduating in January, so I want to get the schooling out of the way and hopefully be on a college campus in 6-7 months."

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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