December 9, 2007

Wallace catches a big offer

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe has made it clear that signing at least two tight ends is a top priority in the class of 2008. On Saturday, the Cardinals found the next player they think will fit perfectly into their scheme. Ryan Wallace, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound from Bowling Green, picked up an offer from UofL.

"I started talking to Coach (Greg) Nord last week after Ben Cotton decommitted," Wallace told "I was talking to them early in the season, and we stopped talking. He talked to me last week and gave me the hint that they were going to offer. Then I saw him last night (after the state championship game) in the tunnel down there. He called me at about 10:30 this (Saturday) morning and offered."

The two-star prospect, who is the number nine-rated player in Kentucky, immediately moved the Cardinals up on his list. "I've always been a big Louisville fan," he said, adding that he has family members who are season ticket holders and has followed the program for a long time.

The question is whether the Cards can make up ground with their late involvement. "A buncn of other schools are just so far ahead of them, and I know so much about a lot of other schools," Wallace said.

"I've always really liked them, and they've always been my favorite team," he added. "But I don't know much about their facilities, campus, or their academics and how they work with their athletes."

Still, Wallace said he plans to give the Cards a chance to impress him. He will make a visit there eventually, and he plans to set that up when Nord comes to his house for a visit Tuesday night. Just a few days after that meeting, Wallace will take a trip to one of the Cards' Big East rivals.

"I'm going to Rutgers next weekend, and I'm going to take my official visit to Wake Forest sometime in January - maybe the 18th," he said.

Having already visited Colorado, the prospect said he likely won't take any other visits after those four. "Colorado and Louisville are the top two, and Wake Forest is definitely right there. Rutgers rounds out my top four," he said.

The Buffaloes, who hosted the prospect in September, may have the slight advantage on UofL at this point. "Colorado is a great place," Wallace remarked. "I've really liked them from the start. It's going to be tough to tell them no because of how much I liked my visit out there."

In Bowling Green's state championship loss to Highlands Friday night, Wallace had six catches for 68 yards. For the season, he collected 48 catches for 670 yards and seven touchdowns.

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