Arkansas has put itself in good position to land a junior college All-American.
Riverside (Calif.) C.C. two-star offensive lineman Dwayne Wallace de-committed from Louisville late last month and now the Razorbacks have a chance to add him to their 2016 recruiting class.
“I guess you could say Arkansas is the front-runner,” Wallace said.
The de-commitment from Louisville was a result of academic concerns. Wallace said the Cardinals wouldn’t accept one of his classes.
Wallace, who earned All-America honors from multiple services after his freshman season at Riverside, originally had offers from only San Diego and Louisville.
However, Arkansas and Fresno State jumped on board after his commitment to the Cardinals.
Arizona State, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas have also expressed interest in him, but haven’t offered.
Even if they end up offering, it will be tough for those coaching staffs to top the impression Arkansas’ made on Wallace.
During the Razorbacks’ bye week last month, head coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman flew to California to talk to him.
“It’s really neat for me that they flew out here to see me,” Wallace said. “That meant a lot to me because I’ve never had another school’s head coach come see me.”
Wallace is scheduled to take an official visit to Arkansas on one of the first two weekends in December. He said that is his only visit set in stone, so far, but he could schedule some to other schools and that he wouldn’t make a decision until after all of his trips.
Until then, he will focus only closing out his junior college career on a high note, with two regular season games left this season.
Those games – and the playoffs – will allow Wallace to adjust to a new position.
“Well, I play tackle now,” Wallace said. “I’m not a guard any more. I got moved to tackle, so I want to finish out the season strong at tackle and go from there.”
Despite the move coming late in the season, he likes playing right tackle.
“It’s just fun being out there on an island with you and your man,” Wallace said. “It’s a position that everybody can’t play.”