Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif./Oak Grove) was an early commit to Oregon State and although still solid with the Beavers, the corner took an official visit to Washington last weekend.
The timing of Wallace’s visit to UW was ironic in that he set up the visit a day before learning that his former position coach at Oregon State, Keith Heyward, had just accepted the DB job with the Huskies.
“I’ve been talking with Washington for a while actually,” Wallace said. “One of my real good friends, Scott Lawyer, is a freshman linebacker there and he bas been telling me I need to come and take a visit. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take any more visits, but last Wednesday I decided I would visit.
“The next day, Scott called me and said, ‘Did you hear the news, Heyward is coming to UW?’ I was pretty shocked because I knew he loved it at Oregon State but then I took my visit and when I bumped in to him, we both looked at each other like, ‘What are you doing here.’ Overall, I had a great visit and can definitely see myself at Washington.”
Wallace said several things stood out about the Huskies.
“They have a great staff, I like all the coaches a lot and that was before I knew Coach Heyward was there," he said. "The players on the team were great with me and made me very comfortable. Seattle is a cool city and I liked the campus a lot as well.
“Washington is a good school academically and I love the fan support. Probably the highlight of the visit for me was when all of us left this restaurant we were eating dinner, all these people must have known we were recruits because they just started barking at us like crazy, it was hilarious.”
Wallace could take two more visits but he’s still trying to sort those out.
“I’m supposed to visit Boise State this weekend, but I’m not sure about that one now,” Wallace said. “Their DB coach left for Texas A&M, and I looked at their roster and they have like 12 corners. Plus they’re joining the Big East and won’t be playing many games out West.
“I’m talking with UCLA, and they want me to visit this weekend as well but I haven’t locked in it yet. They told me last week they wanted to se it up but I haven’t heard from them since then. USC is also talking to me and said to reserve that Jan. 27th weekend for them. They heard how well I did at the Cal State game and said they wanted to start recruiting me and said I was very high on their board.”
Wallace said this week will be filled with home visits and added he has two schools at the top of his list right now.
“It seems like everyone wants to come by on Thursday,” Wallace said. “Washington, Oregon State, San Jose State and Boise State want to come for home visits and UCLA will be coming by the school. USC will be by this week too but I’m not sure what day yet.
“I still consider myself committed to Oregon State but I want to see who Coach Riley hires as the new DB coach. He said he has a guy in mind and will get that done soon and hopefully it’s before signing day. I loved my visit to Washington and right now, I would say those two are 1A and 1B on my list. I’ll see about taking the rest of my visits and then should have a final decision close to signing day.”