Pomfret (Md.) McDonough cornerback A.J. Wallace admits that Penn State hadn't been one of his top schools for quite some time. In fact, the never really made his top 10 until recently. However, a strong push by the Nittany Lions has JoePa and company right in the mix of things for Wallace's services. How did his official visit go?
"It went well, I got to see where I fit with Penn State and how they'd like to utilize me," said the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder. "They said they want me at safety or cornerback but I would get some touches on offense. That's pretty much what all the coaches are telling me now, that I could see time on offense as well as defense."
What made him more interested in Penn State than he was before?
"Coach Norwood just kept calling and never gave up," he said. "That impressed me that he never stopped. I also like coach Johnson a lot, he's from the area and is a good person."
Is location a factor?
"It might be, we'll have to see," he said. "Penn State is close to home, so that's a plus."
Wallace has already visited Florida State, Nebraska and Ohio State in addition to Penn State. Does he have a leader?
"No, those four schools are ahead for me but one isn't higher than another," he said. "I want to take my last official visit too, it could be to Southern Cal or Miami, I'm not sure yet."
And what factors will help him decide?
"How I fit, my relationship with coaches and players and academics," he said. "I'm looking for that overall fit."
Will his friend J.B. Walton, who is also looking at some of the same schools and took his official visit as well this past weekend, influence his decision?
"J.B. and I have known each other for awhile and we are looking at some of the same places," he said. "We joke about it a bit, but we each know we'll do what's best for us."
Wallace has coaches coming in this week but he's not sure of the exact schedule.