Wallace is happy to be a Dawg

Washington was in the market to load up on some talented corners in the 2012 recruiting class and on Signing Day they came away with a surprise signee when Oak Grove (San Jose, Ca.) CB Cleveland Wallace opted to sign with them instead of Oregon State, the school he had originally committed to...

"It just felt like the right place for me," Wallace told Dawgman.com recently. "Coach (Keith) Heyward being there and Scotty (Lawyer) being there, I just felt comfortable and I loved the school and Seattle when I was up there on my official visit."

Wallace had originally committed to Oregon State and appeared to be firm in his commitment, even after visiting Washington, but he said as time went on, it came down to where he saw himself in four years.

"I talked to my family and my coach about it for a long time," Wallace said. "Basically, I decided the night before (Signing Day) where I was going.

"It came down to who I saw myself playing for, where I felt comfortable and where I thought I would get the most out of the experience and Washington was that place, at least for me.

"Oregon State has a great program there and I really respect those coaches, but I had to go with my heart and Washington was where it was."

Wallace also noted the fact that there will be an open competition for playing time this fall with all of the new coaches.

"All of the new coaches are young and they don't care how old you are, if you are better, you'll play," Wallace said. "I know they have guys like Desmond Trufant there and he's a great player, but they lost the other starter (Quinton Richardson) and the rest of the guys are all young, so there is an opening to come in and play right away if I'm better than the other guys.

"I'm not expecting the job to be handed to me, but I want to compete for a spot and that's what the coaches are preaching."

We will have more from Wallace as he gets closer to enrolling at Washington in July for the summer LEAP program.

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