CLIFTON, Va. – Woodson (DC) three-star linebacker Juan Wallace already has a group of firm offers. He has 12 of them, to be exact. But Wallace isn’t putting a rush on his recruitment.
On April 23 at the Washington, DC stop of Nike’s The Opening Regionals, Wallace said he’s taking his time in going through all of his offers. That group includes most recently, West Virginia and Rutgers.
And this spring, Wallace visited a handful of those offers. He took in trips to Duke, Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Each had a few aspects that caught Wallace’s attention.
“What stood out was the atmosphere, the culture around, how each school had a different setting,” he said. “It’s very exciting. It was very fun to watch. I liked Duke a lot and Maryland, the movement. To stay home is very important, to me it is. I loved Syracuse, too.”
All of those have offered Wallace, however, except the Hokies.
Wallace, Rivals.com’s No. 11 player in Washington, DC, made the trek to Blacksburg April 8 for one of Virginia Tech’s spring practices with a pair of his teammates, three-star cornerback Noah Boykin and three-star wide receiver Edward Hendrix. The visit was the first there for all three.
“I liked the campus and the atmosphere as well,” Wallace said. “The players and their emotion, it was really nice to see.”
But while Boykin and Hendrix each have Hokies offers, Wallace does not. But Wallace said he got a good idea of where he stands, from talking to assistant coach Holmon Wiggins and the staff.
“They said they were very interested in my tape,” Wallace said. “They were very intrigued. They’re only taking one or two linebackers this year and I’m pretty sure they’re interested, but the offer isn’t on the table yet. It would make a big difference if I got an offer for sure.”
Wallace said he’s visited nearby Maryland multiple times. And the Terps have stood out quite a bit from the visits he’s taken.
“Overall, I think they’re a good school,” Wallace said. “They’re trying to bring back the ’88 Miami team, trying to keep everybody home, be the home guys. They believe in the process. The old staff didn’t believe in it, but the new staff, they’re good coaches, they know what they’re doing and they want to play the home guys.”
Wallace said he has no current visit plans. But at some...
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