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Wallace Jr. picks up second offer

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Aaron Wallace Jr. didn't know it was coming but he's happy that Washington offered him recently because he likes the program, heard great things about the campus and coaching staff and definitely wants to learn more about the Huskies.
"I didn't even know they were looking at me," Wallace said. "I got a message from my head coach telling me to give one of their guys a call. I gave them a call during my lunch at school and I talked to coach (Steve) Sarkisian and a couple other coaches and they offered me.
"It's going to be a great program. Their recruiting has gotten a lot better and they have a first-round pick at quarterback for next year's draft. I'm excited to get up to campus and take a visit because I heard it's a great place. One kid from my school plays baseball there and he always tells me how great it is up there."
Washington joins Texas A&M as the schools that have offered Wallace, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound outside linebacker who was one of the top prospects at the recent Los Angeles NIKE Camp.
The Aggies will be a major player in his recruitment until the end, Wallace said, because his father played there and in the NFL. The elder Wallace and John Roper formed the famous "Blitz Brothers" in the late 1980s so the family has some history at Texas A&M. That could play a major role in his decision-making process.
"I love College Station," Wallace said. "It's a great place. The times I've been there I've had a great time. My dad was a big part of it there and that's where he wants me to go so I can follow in his footsteps. When it comes down to it, A&M will definitely be a top program for me.
"I really take into consideration what my dad has to say. He's been through it. He played in college, he's played in the pros, he's done it all, so there's a lot of value in what he says."
Southern Cal is another favorite for Wallace, who said at the NIKE Camp that he'd strongly consider a commitment to the Trojans this summer if they offered. Still, he doesn't know where he stands on their board because they haven't offered yet but they recently stopped by his high school.
"I've been e-mailing (linebackers) coach (Joe) Barry back and forth," Wallace said. "I don't know how interested they are, I think they are interested. I don't really know what's going on with them just yet.
"It's just a great school all-around, they have great academics, they put a lot of players into the pros and that's really a place where you can go to become the best player you can be and it's pretty close to home."
In recent weeks, Wallace said UCLA has talked with him a little bit more and California has also gotten more involved. After his showing at the LA NIKE Camp, it wouldn't be a surprise if more offers arrive soon.
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