GC's Wallace commits to Penn State
While speculation and rumor-mongering swirled around Jelani Jenkins' official visit to Penn State last weekend, it was his Good Counsel football teammate who decided his future on the trip.
Cornerback Mike Wallace left Maryland for the official visit to State College without a scholarship offer from the Nittany Lions. But right before leaving, assistant coach Larry Johnson sat down and offered Wallace a place in the 2009 recruiting class. On Jan. 21, he decided to accept.
"Penn State has always kind of been my dream school," Wallace said. "When I got up there for the official, everybody was really nice and treated me like everyone else. I don't know if I was the only one there without an offer, but I was one of the only ones."
Penn State is the alma mater of Wallace's first cousin Terry Killens, a linebacker who played eight seasons in the NFL and won an AFC Championship ring with the 1999 Tennessee Titans. It also has a highly rated Kinesiology program, Wallace's chosen major.
Wallace's official announcement came Thursday night on News Channel 8, where he was joined by Jenkins. Jenkins is rated by most recruiting services as one of the top, if not the top, linebacker available in the nation. He will make his decision on National Letter of Intent Day, Feb. 4.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Wallace was named to the All-Gazette Honorable Mention list in both 2007 and '08. He blocked two extra point attempts in his final high school game, a loss to DeMatha in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
He received official offers from 10 schools, seven in Division I-AA. His other Division I-A offers came from Stanford and New Mexico, the latter of which Wallace said he was leaning toward until the offer came from Penn State.
According to Wallace's father, Mike Sr., four other schools — Vanderbilt (Tenn.), New Mexico State, Michigan State and Connecticut — were showing late interest but had yet to extend an official offer.
"I think a lot of the recruiters who were brought to the school, saw his highlight tape and said, Whoa, where's this kid been?'" Mike Wallace Sr. said.