On The Rise

While Dorial Green-Beckham, Barry Sanders, Jr., and Zac Brooks might be the national headliners right now at July's Southwest Elite 7-on-7, Bentonville junior running back Tearris Wallace (5-10, 184) is likely to be one of the players that make their mark at the 24-team event scheduled for Shiloh Christian.

There are several big name recruits that will be on hand for the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian on July 9-10.

Springfield Hillcrest wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham – arguably the nation's top overall recruit in the 2012 class – joins Heritage Hall tailback Barry Sanders, Jr., and Jonesboro wideout Zac Brooks among the headliners.

But one player that should not get lost in the shuffle is Bentonville junior tailback Tearris Wallace (5-10, 184), whose program will host a team camp this weekend.

"He is already somebody pretty special," Bentonville assistant coach Barry Lunney, Jr. said. "But he is just really learning how to play the game."

Indeed, Wallace played only soccer up until the ninth grade before the Bentonville coaches talked his mom into letting him come out to the gridiron.

Wallace, part of a star-studded 2013 class in Arkansas, soon found out he had a natural ability for the game.

How much?

Well, he rushed for 1,528 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore as the Tigers roared to the state title with a 13-0 mark and he was named the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club's Newcomer of the Year.

That included a 283-pound, six-touchdown performance against Rogers Heritage.

He also was named the MVP after rushing for 191 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries in Bentonville's 49-28 win over Fayetteville in the 7A state title game.

"I had a good season, but all of my success was due to my coaches and my teammates," Wallace said. "I couldn't have done anything without them."

As expected, Wallace's success on the football field has attracted the attention of college coaches.

Arkansas is really close to Bentonville and Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino is no doubt paying attention.

"I really like the Razorbacks and admire what Coach Petrino is doing with the program," Wallace said. "They are in it to win championships – SEC and national ones. It's all about winning and doing things right and I think that is what we are doing here at Bentonville and they are at Arkansas."

Other Arkansas teams on hand for the 24-team Southwest Elite event will be Shiloh, Fayetteville, Springdale Har-Ber, Springdale High, Rogers Heritage, Green County Tech, El Dorado, Hot Springs Lakeside, Mayflower, Arkansas Baptist and Charleston.

Out of state teams involved besides the aforementioned ones are Olive Branch (Miss.), Shreveport (LA) Calvary, Bastrop (LA), Oklahoma schools Stillwater, Broken Arrow, Midwest City, McAlester and Tulsa Victory Christian.

"Everything we do in the off-season will be with the goal of getting back to Little Rock to win the state title again," Wallace said. "That's the main goal."

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