Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein, a three-star guard and one of the best run-blockers on the West Coast, has made his college decision.
"I will be attending and playing football at the Air Force Academy," said Wallerstein in an e-mail. "I have not come to this decision lightly. I have visited the campus, met the coaches and did my homework. I am certain it's the place for me."
Wallerstein has been a mainstay on the Cowboys offensive line for the past three years, starting every game since he was a sophomore. He was a big part of the Cowboys back-to-back CIF section titles and their 2006 state championship squad.
An excellent student, Wallerstein has one of the best GPAs and SATs of any student-athlete in the class of 2008, and that played a big role in his decision.
"At this time my plan is to study physics and/or applied math. I see the Academy as a place where I can learn, play football and really grow as a person," said Wallerstein.
The desire to stay in the West also played a factor in Wallerstein choosing the Falcons.
"Most Air Force games are played in the West," said Wallerstein.
His parents were thrilled about his decision to attend Air Force.
"We are so proud of AJ and all that he has accomplished. He was given terrific opportunities for college and after narrowing it down a bit we left the decision up to him. He took this very seriously and after great thought he determined that the Air Force Academy was the place for him," said his parents, Dave and Wendi. "AJ will get a chance to play football close enough to home that we can see most, if not all, games in person and he is getting one of the best educations in the country. When he completes his schooling he will be happy and proud to serve our country as an Air Force officer.
Wallerstein is ranked as the #28 guard in the country by Scout.com and #5 in the state of California.