Getting To Know You: Cleveland Wallace

In a little over a week, players from the 2012 recruiting class will enroll at the University of Washington, so we at have continued to try and reach as many as possible so that Husky fans can get to know them better and today, we talk to Oak Grove (San Jose, Ca.) CB Cleveland Wallace who has a chance to earn some playing time very early in his career...

1) Food you will miss the most: "My dad's catfish, cornbread and greens. He's from the south so he really does it up right."

2) Funniest story during the recruiting process: "Honestly, I can't really think of anything funny, but something cool that happened was when I was on my official visit to Washington. I walked in with coach (Keith) Heyward, coach (Joel) Thomas and coach (Steve) Sarkisian and we went into a local restaurant and when people saw us all walking in, they started barking and saying 'Go Dawgs'. It was pretty cool. It showed me how important Washington football really is."

3) Favorite subject in school: "I love History. I love seeing how things have happened and how we have gotten to where we are now. Like with World War I and how that was settled and how that led to World War II and all of the events and how it shaped us in our country, but also the world. It's pretty amazing."

4) Major in college: "Possibly something in Psychology or Sports Management. I'd love to run a sports franchise or be a psychologist or a counselor where I can help couples or kids. I'm not really sure just yet."

5) Favorite Husky (past or present): "Warren Moon is definitely one of them. He's one of the first black quarterbacks and that was a big step, but he was also really, really good. More recently I'd say Jake Locker. He is so much fun to watch and the way he gives back to his community is just amazing. I saw a story about how he helped some kid who had cancer and he shaved his head to be like her and how he meets with sick kids and spends time with them. That's just an amazing thing to see and something I want to do when I get there."

6) Team you want to beat the most: "There are two actually. The first one is Oregon. Everyone thinks they are the number one team in the north and they think they should win, but I want to beat them so we can show people that Washington is a program to reckon with. The other one is USC. Ever since I was a little kid, I don't know why, but I have hated USC and beating them is always good because it shows you are an elite program."

7) Game you are looking forward to playing: "How can it be anything but LSU? I mean, it's going to be crazy down there. I'm really excited. They are a great program and they have so many great players. I've been working hard since I signed to get myself ready to play that game. I know I'm only a freshman, but I'm going to do everything I can to make it so the coaches can't keep me off the plane."

8) Biggest influence on your life (football): "My dad definitely. As a young kid I didn't like playing sports and my mom and my grandma didn't want me playing football, but my dad was like 'no, he's playing' and eventually I fell in love with football and I can't imagine not playing it now. I owe that all to my dad."

9) If not UW then who?: "I loved Oregon State and that's where I would have gone if not U-Dub. I really liked the staff there and I know I could have done well there, but Washington was always a school I liked and when coach Heyward ended up there, it sorta sealed the deal."

10) You knew UW was the place for you when...: "It really wasn't one point or another, it was everything. I loved the proram and the staff and the setting there is amazing. The facilities are going to be ridiculous and I just felt like it was the right place for me. It was hard to tell OSU I wasn't going to go there, but it was the right decision and I haven't looked back at all." Top Stories