Arkansas is in good position to land one of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country.
Riverside (Calif.) Community College All-American Dwayne Wallace was in Fayetteville on his official visit during the Thanksgiving weekend and saw the Razorbacks beat Missouri 28-3.
"It was a great visit," Wallace said. "I liked the fan base. The fans were good, (head coach Bret) Bielema and (offensive line coach Sam) Pittman really treated me good, and I think Arkansas is definitely one of my top schools. I really enjoyed my time in Fayetteville."
Wallace said the only other school in the running with Arkansas is Cal, which is about seven hours north of Riverside, his hometown and where he plays in junior college.
The trip to Northwest Arkansas was a recriprocal one for Wallace, who was very impressed by Bielema flying halfway across to the country to visit him in California during the Razorbacks' bye week and felt like he should do the same.
During his time in Fayetteville, Wallace was hosted by Arkansas' starting left guard, Sebastian Tretola. The coaches sold Wallace on potentially being a replacement for Tretola, a fellow California native and JUCO transfer in his final year with the Razorbacks.
"It was a really big deal, replacing Sebastian," Wallace said. "That'd be really cool because obviously he's a first-round guy. It was a really big honor for Coach to tell me that's who I would be replacing if I come here.
"It's pretty cool, and I feel like the system fits me because of the type of player I am."
Before the game Friday, Wallace said he really enjoyed watching the Senior Day ceremonies.
"It was kind of cool to see how they set up things for the seniors and game day," Wallace said. "We watched the game and had a feel for it and ate dinner, stuff like that. It was a really cool experience."
Once the game started, though, he got a taste of what Arkansas has a reputation for: playing physical football with a big offensive line.
The Razorbacks piled up over 200 rushing yards despite Missouri stacking the box and focusing on stopping Alex Collins and Kody Walker.
"I feel like Coach Pittman is one of the best offensive line coaches and always has a great game plan for everything," Wallace said. "It was kind of wet, so they ran the ball. The O-line really controlled the line of scrimmage.
"If I came here, I think I could be a big part of this football program as far as helping out the offensive line."
Before he makes his final decision, Wallace said he still needs to think things over.
"I'll just go home and take everything in and soak it in," Wallace said, "but I'm really considering coming here."