Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Ezekiel Elliott still recruiting for Ohio State
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State isn’t done with the Gateway to the West.
Fresh off the signing of ESPN 150 running back Ezekiel Elliott in the Class of 2013, another prospect out of St. Louis -- big offensive tackle Brian Wallace of Christian Brothers College High School -- is generating some buzz with the Buckeyes.
With an offer last month, Wallace started paying a little more attention to Ohio State. Of course having Elliott helping the Buckeyes hasn't hurt either, as the 6-foot-5, 283-pound Wallace has heard from the future Ohio State running back about possibly joining him in Columbus, Ohio.
“I have been watching Ohio State on television,” Wallace said. “My friends and I watch them a lot. I think they are a pretty good team in the Big Ten.
“They have a good head coach. I had talked to Ezekiel Elliott about them. One day he just hit me up out of the blue, and we started talking about Ohio State.”
The conversation obviously went well, because now Wallace is talking about a possible road trip.
He has offers from Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse and UCLA.
There is interest from Alabama, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee and Tulsa, as well.
But as far as trips go, there are three Wallace has in mind for the summer months.
“I have already visited Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, and I will take more visits over the summer depending on my dad’s schedule,” Wallace said. “Right now, the three that I would like to visit are Georgia, Arkansas and Ohio State.”
Last season, Wallace was a key member of a Cadets squad that averaged 39.7 points and 378.7 yards per contest.
With four starters graduating, the Buckeyes have made the offensive line a priority in 2014. Wallace is one of 20 tackles and 26 linemen with an offer.
DawgNation reporter Radi Nabulsi contributed to this report