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Wallace provides rare update

Brian Wallace doesn't like talking about his recruitment. That much is obvious.
The 304-pound lineman rarely speaks to reporters and doesn't even let many of his coaches know what he's thinking as far as his college plans. His demeanor is muffled. His words are short. His insight is limited. Even when you get him to chat a little, his mind is elsewhere. He almost seems angry.
"I have to get off the phone in a minute," Wallace said roughly three minutes after being reached on Saturday afternoon. Yeah, it's like that.
With that out in the open, the fact that some of the St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers junior's scholarship offers have gone unreported is not surprising. Still, when he says Ohio State offered him a scholarship more than three months ago, it's news. The offer going unreported for so long is impressive if nothing else.
"It was in February -- the day of the Super Bowl," Wallace said of his offer from the Buckeyes. "
His view on the Ohio State program is simple. Like most of his takes, it's to the point. It's not particularly in-depth or unique, but, hey, it's something.
"I like that they have a pretty good football program going on up there and everything," Wallace said. "That's what I like for now."
Ohio State's courtship of Wallace has progressed under the radar. Buckeyes assistant Ed Warinner is spearheading the program's recruitment of the massive tackle. So far, things seem to be going well. Wallace will attend the Ohio-based Top Gun camp in July and plans to shoot up to Columbus after he finishes his work on the field.
"Coach Warinner and I talk on Facebook, and he'll have me call him and stuff like that," Wallace said. "We still are in contact a lot."
Favorites? Yeah right. There's no chance of broaching that topic. Wallace names none. He can be talked into sharing the criteria he'll use to pick a school, but even that is short and sweet.
"It's just basically a good football program that I can fit in with and a good education," Wallace said.
Wallace, a three-star prospect and the No. 54 tackle in the nation, holds eight scholarship offers. He was listed among the top performers at the Rivals Camp Series stop in St. Louis. He plans to make a decision either during or after his senior season.