Bentonville back draws SEC interest

Bentonville running back Tearris Wallace is getting looks from SEC schools heading into his senior season.

Tearris Wallace has been nearly unstoppable in his first two years of high school football.

He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each his sophomore and junior seasons to help lead Bentonville to the state championship game two years in a row. The Tigers defeated Fayetteville to take the crown in 2010, but the Purple ‘Dogs avenged themselves in 2011 and beat Bentonville for the championship.

Now, the Bentonville Tigers running back is looking to make it back to the state championship game and has drawn interest from various schools around the country and has received a few offers to play Division I football as well.

Like other recruits, Wallace has been visiting campuses and hoping to impress coaches throughout the summer.

"I've been to a couple camps this summer and I just got back from Vanderbilt," Wallace said. "I also went to Oklahoma State and then to Memphis and received a scholarship offer from (Memphis)."

The offer from the Memphis Tigers is Wallace's second so far, with his first coming from Air Force.

While Wallace said that Arkansas has backed off of recruiting him, other Southeastern Conference schools are still pursuing him.

"In addition to Vanderbilt, I'll be going to Tennessee on July 15 and work out for them during camp and then I'll know something more about their interest in me," Wallace said.

"I've grown up watching the SEC and I would love to be part of it."

The back-to-back All-Conference running back said he is 5-foot-10 and weighs close to 210 pounds and teams have liked his combination of size and speed.

"The Memphis camp was really good," Wallace said. "I ran my fastest 40 time there, which was a 4.48. Teams have been saying that for my size, my speed is good and they're really impressed by it and it's going to keep getting better."

When it comes to deciding on a school, Wallace said he will look at more than football. He also said Memphis, which is where Carolina Panthers running back and Wynne native DeAngelo Williams set the NCAA record for most career All-Purpose yards (7,573), has a lot to offer to him.

"I really want to be successful and that includes after football," Wallace said. "I'll go wherever I can be successful and I mean that from an educational standpoint as well.

"I feel like I can get a good education at Memphis. FedEx's headquarters are there and my major will probably be something involving business. Also, the area won't allow me to get bored and I have some family in that area. All of that plays into account."

Wallace said he is a student of the game that watches Youtube videos of Adrian Peterson and spends a lot of time watching film to try to be knowledgeable about the running back position and the defenses he faces. In addition to that, he said the father-son combination of Barry Lunney and Barry Lunney Jr. will allow him to be better prepared to play at the next level.

"Playing for Coach Lunney (Sr.) is incredible because he's always teaching you," Wallace said. "Even though he's the head coach, he's not just walking around, he goes around and helps teach at every position.

"Coach Lunney Jr., who played at Arkansas and coached at the collegiate level, can really let us know what people at the collegiate level are looking for in us.

"He also says that colleges don't really have too many plays, they just run them out of different packages and stuff and that's kind of what we do. The verbiage at the next level may be a little harder, but it shouldn't be hard to adjust from the package that we run."

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