Ryan Wallace, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound, three-star tight end is the son of his high school coach. Kevin Wallace has coached Bowling Green (Ky.) High to a 6-1 record and Wallace has caught 22 balls for 350 yards and four touchdowns. "I have a great knowledge of the game," Wallace said. "Since my dad is a coach I feel I'm smart and prepare well. I have great hands and run good routes. I have a great ability to get open, but I want to improve my cuts and agility."
Wallace, ranked as the No. 27 tight end in the country by Scout.com, says he can bench 290 pounds, squat 400 pounds and jumps a 30-inch vertical. He says he can also run a 4.8 forty.
With 14 offers in hand, Wallace said he favors Wake Forest, Colorado and Kentucky solidly over Stanford, Cincinnati and Rutgers. "I talk to all of these schools once a week," he said. "Rutgers just offered me about a week ago, so they are new to my list, but have been recruiting me really hard."
Wallace says he definitely plans to visit Rutgers and Wake Forest officially, but hasn't set the dates yet. He has already visited Colorado (Sept. 15) and Stanford just last weekend (Oct. 12).
"I know a lot of the coaches at Stanford pretty well already," he said. "(Running back) coach Willie Taggart used to coach at Western Kentucky and they are right around here. Now he's at Stanford and has been recruiting me a lot. I have a good relationship with him. I really liked getting to hang out with all the other players and just get a feel for all the pre-game stuff and the game day atmosphere.
"I also love the education you can get Stanford," he said. "It's a great place and I liked the campus a lot. It almost has a southwestern feel to it. Plus the team is young and getting better. They showed signs of what they can do when they beat USC and I just think they need to experience winning more."
Colorado, the other official visit that Wallace has taken, is also trying to rebuild their program like Stanford. "They are playing a lot of young players this year and have had some success," he said. "They are losing a few tight ends, so I like my opportunity to play early there and they play their tight ends a lot.
"Colorado is in a great area," he said. "It's right by the Rocky Mountains and the campus is great."
Although it wasn't an official visit, Wallace attended the Wake Forest/Florida State game and will be at the Kentucky/Florida game on Oct. 20. "Kentucky is only about two and half hours away," he said. "Distance is always some kind of a factor, but it's more important that I can fit in and be successful. But my mom wants me to go to Kentucky because they are close.
"I really like the coaches at Kentucky and they've had a great year. I also know a bunch of players there already and I'm really good friends with (freshman offensive lineman) Stuart Hines."
But Kentucky isn't the only place where Wallace has connections. He says that his dad is friends with Wake Forest defensive coordinator Dean Hood. "I've known coach Hood for about seven years now and we have a great relationship. Coach Jim Grobe is building a great football program there and I love their education.
"Wake Forest has a 10:1 student/teacher ratio," he said. "That's great because you aren't in classes with 200 other kids. You aren't a number there."
Although he grew up in Kentucky, Wallace admits that he's always followed Tennessee. "I'm not even sure why, but it was just a school that I've always liked," he said. "I've always liked Louisville too. My uncle has season tickets to the Louisville basketball games."
Wallace says he hopes to make a decision within in the next three weeks. "I'm going to try to make a decision before our playoffs start," he said. "But I'd still like to see if I can visit Wake Forest and Rutgers before I decide."
He reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 23 ACT.