We reached CJ at home this morning to follow up on the news he'd given us yesterday.
"It was a really good Christmas. I spent time with my family," said C.J. Wallace, a 6-0 195 pound defensive back/running back from Grant High School.
When you ask him what stood out about his holiday at home, he'll tell you one thing that he's proud to share.
"I committed to Washington."
With that news, Washington picked up an outstanding cornerback/safety prospect who also rushed for over 1400 yards and averaged over 10 yards per carry as a tailback.
Wallace had to think things over. "At this time, it was the biggest decision of my life," said CJ, who also was looking at Oregon, Boise State, and Fresno State.
"(Washington) was a real good visit, and I liked the coaches and players. They remind me a lot of my team from high school so it's a good situation. My uncle (Ken Conley) is up there, too."
Conley played at Washington at the end of the Jim Owens era.
"Oregon called and said they were not going to bring me on a visit because they got someone else, so that made it easier for me," said Wallace.
"As soon as I got off the phone with Oregon on Monday, I had my decision made."
So Wallace dialed up the coaches in Seattle. "I called (recruiting coordinator) Chuck Heater on Tuesday and told him that I was coming to Washington. He was excited and told me that they had ‘finally gotten their top guy.' I think he was really excited, and that felt good. After that I left a message for Coach Neuheisel, that I'm committed to Washington."
Wallace said that his family supports him 100%. "They wanted me to go wherever I was most comfortable."
So this holiday season, instead of visions of sugar plums dancing in his head, Wallace has visions of purple and gold. "Oh yeah. I've thought about that. It's a good opportunity to step right in and play. I'm very excited, Washington is a big time school."
The telephone will most likely continue to ring at the Wallace home, however, as he had potential trips set up to FSU, BSU, and Oregon State. "I haven't thought about those schools. I don't know if I'll take those trips now."
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