Arkansas' 2014 class got bigger and better Saturday – both figuratively and literally.
St. Louis Christian Brothers standout offensive lineman Brian Wallace (6-6, 300) chose Arkansas over Alabama during the first quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
"I will be taking my talents to the University of Arkansas," noted Wallace, a four-star prospect and the 19th-best offensive lineman in the country according to Scout.com.
Wallace will join his defensive tackle teammate Armon Watts (6-5, 270) in signing with the Razorbacks on Feb. 5 – the national signing date.
Wallace told Scout.com after the game that he just fully made up his mind on Saturday.
"I made up my mind today," Wallace said. "Just that it felt like home. I felt like I could fit in, it just was the right choice."
And almost a full month before signing day, Wallace is pretty happy to be done with the recruiting process.
"It feels great, it feels like I have a lot of weight off my shoulders to be honest with you," Wallace said.
Wallace talked about the factors that played into the decision.
"The people, the program in general, the coaches were sincere. I just felt like I could fit in the program, I just liked what I saw," Wallace said. "I mean plus I have family down there so that is another thing."
Wallace called head coach Bret Bielema on Saturday morning to let him know he would be a Razorback.
"He was just jumping up and down, I heard his wife jumping up and down screaming in the background," Wallace said. "I was like, what? I was like, y'all are that surprised? They were happy."
Wallace had a good day for the West team in the Army game and led them to a win. He hopes to bring the same energy to Arkansas.
"I think I will bring to Arkansas, honestly I am not cocky or anything like that. I am not going to say what I think I can or can't do down there, honestly when I came into this game I felt nervous. I was nervous as hell. But, I showed up and showed out so basically what I think I will bring to Arkansas is just that. I just have to keep working hard in the future."
He'll be at least the second U.S. Army All-American is this year's recruiting class as El Dorado defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson has already pledged to Arkansas.
Wallace also visited both Missouri and Iowa officially and also had offers from Georgia, Nebraska, UCLA and many others.
Wallace becomes the 20th commit of Arkansas' 2014 class and joins a pair of other offensive linemen in Dallas Bishop Dunne's Jovan Pruitt (6-6, 300) and Iowa Western College's Sebastian Tretola (6-5, 315).
Tretola has signed and will enroll at Arkansas and go through spring practice while Wallace will sign in Feb.
Wallace commitment to Arkansas certainly made future Razorback quarterback Rafe Peavey's day.
Peavey weeted "I am seriously pumped right now. #GoHawgs." right after the announcement.
Brian Wallace reaches for the Arkansas hat during his annoucement on Saturday.
Brian Wallace sports his Arkansas hat.
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