Wallace officially down to five

Wallace officially down to five

There has been speculation over the past several months as to which school leads for Dallas (TX) Skyline 5-star linebacker Anthony Wallace. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound defender has officially narrowed his focus down to five finalists for his services. Read the Scout.com recruiting update below for the inside scoop!

There has been speculation over the past several months as to which school leads for Dallas (TX) Skyline 5-star linebacker Anthony Wallace. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound defender has officially narrowed his focus down to five finalists for his services.

"I'm down to five schools right now. Miami, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Arkansas and Oregon are the schools that I'm considering. Miami, Oklahoma and Ohio State are my favorites (in no particular order) followed by Arkansas and Oregon," said Wallace.

Miami- "The coaching staff is the best that I've met, they're all real down to earth. They also need middle linebackers and I like how all the their alumni players come back to the school all the time and support the team."

Oklahoma- "I formed a good relationship with coach Venables. They are not too far away from home and I like all of the tradition that they have. I also have two teammates up there and they like it a lot, and they play Texas every year."

Ohio State- "They're one of the teams that I grew up watching on T.V. They have a ton of tradition and they are definitely a linebacker U school. They are new on the scene in my recruitment, but I'm very interested. They officially offered me this week."

Arkansas- "I formed a good relationship with coach McGee. I love the Jerry Jones connection there, they have a great campus and they play in the SEC."

Oregon- "My mom likes the school. I love their sports management program. Phil Knight and the whole Nike connection is a big turn-on too."

Wallace plans on taking official visits to each of his top five schools this fall.

"I'm going to take officials to all five of those schools. I take my SAT on October 9 and then I'm going to try and fit all of my visits in before the playoffs start."

The most notable team that missed the cut is the Texas Longhorns. Some thought that the Longhorns would be a contender for Wallace's services because they consistently land much of the top talent in the state.

"I eliminated Texas because they have like two to three classes of linebackers back-to-back. Honestly, I felt pressured early on because of the way that they recruit. They let you know that if you don't commit on this day that they are going to go and offer the next guy on their list."

There are a few factors that will have a big impact on where Wallace decides to play his college ball.

"There are a few things I'm looking for. First is PLAYING TIME! I want to play as soon as possible so I can win the Dick Butkis award. Also, my position coach is really important to me, I need to make sure he can make me better and make me the best that I can be. Also, the players around me are real important because I can't do it all myself. I want to go somewhere that has a monster d-line in front of me, because that's where the game is won defensively."

Wallace has not set a date on when he plans to end his recruitment, but he believes he will pull the trigger when things feel right for him. Skyline opens their 2010 season tomorrow when they play Glades Central HS in Daytona Beach, Florida at noon Eastern Time.

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