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Exclusive Interview with NUC and Ultimate 100 Alum Mike Wallace of Good Counsel HS, MD, Committed to Penn State
Mike Wallace: Ready for the Big Time
by Matt Yanofsky, NUC Correspondent
NUC had the opportunity to speak with future Penn State Nittany Lion Defensive Back Mike Wallace. Wallace was a stand out at the combine as well as the Ultimate 100 camp, where he played for the black team. A great all around athlete, Wallace ran a
4.57 40, 4.51 shuttle and had a 31 inch vertical while attending our
NUC: Hey Mike Thanks for joining us. What are you up to now that football season is over?
A: I am preparing for spring track.
NUC: How was the recruiting process for you?
A: It started off slowly. I wasn’t getting the offers I wanted until my junior year. I went to many camps that summer and got better so it paid off. It was fun after awhile getting to know the different college coaches.
NUC: How did attending the NUC and Ultimate 100 Camps help your recruiting?
A: It helped a lot! When I first appeared at the NUC camps, Rivals.Com took notice. At the combine showcase, I didn’t win anything but (NUC president) Dave Schu man told me I did a great job. I was then invited to the Ultimate 100 camp. It
was great at the Ultimate 100 camp because of all of the top players I
was surrounded by. I played for the black team in the in the 7 on 7 and
we beat the white team who was supposed to be superior.
NUC: What is like being a part of a great program like Good Counsel?
A: It’s great! I am coached by a legend in Bob Milloy. He is one of the most winningest coaches. Good Counsel is competitive in everything. Boys/girls basketball, boys/girls track, lacrosse etc. We are also excelling in academics so everybody is
on the same page. We have a ton of people pushing us in the right
NUC: Although it is unfortunate, we hear about too many athletes who have academic troubles. This was far from the case with you as you have a 3.5 GPA. How have you been able to balance your busy football schedule wi th your academics?
A: That is the first thing you need to learn in High School. My best friend (and fellow NUC standout) Jelani and I compete in the classroom as well. He has a 4.0, I have a 3.5 and if we get a C we get on each other for that since it is
unacceptable. I just surround myself with good people who are positive
NUC: What are your goals for your athletic career and in life?
A: My primary goal is to be successful in anything I do. I will be able to do this by putting God first. I hope to play right away at Penn State and I will work hard in attempting to do so. Outside of football, I want to be a doctor or work
in sports management.
NUC: What football player do you look up to?
A: My cousin Terry Killens played for the Tennessee Titians and went to Penn State so he is my biggest influence.
NUC: Is there specific non athlete that has inspired you?
A: My mother. She taught me good values and makes sure my head is on straight as well as that I as stay humble. When recruiting wasn’t going the way I wanted, she kept telling me to stay positive since God has a plan for me.
NUC: What was the most valuable thing you learned at our camp?
A: The importance of academics. The coaches talked about it to us.
NUC: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. We wish you the best of luck at Penn State. Is there anything you would like to add in closing?
A: I owe a special thanks to all of my coaches, my parents, godparents, school Principal Jack Grahm, strength coach Skylar Sarr, and Richard Clinkscales who is a personal mentor.