The first time I saw class 2014 OL/DL Brian Wallace 6'6" 295 (5.4 forty-25" vertical) he was an 8th grader and was 6'5" 280 and participating in the Show Me Combine. You could see he had potential back then and moved well for his size, however, he wasn't the nearly physical specimen that he has developed into that he is now four games into his junior season.
Participating in this past summer's Mizzou one day and team camps back in June gave the Tigers gave coaches an up close look at Wallace. That combined with his early play was enough for them to extend a verbal offer to the big athlete.
"I received my offer on Thursday, ‘said Wallace. "My coach told me that Missouri thought pretty highly of me and when I called coach Cornell Ford, who recruits St. Louis, we talked a little bit about school and me taking my test scores, and then he said that I have an offer to come play at the University of Missouri."
Wallace was surprise at the turn of events, but very pleased to hear the news.
"I was very excited! I wasn't expecting this, and I was so excited I had to try and contain myself and stay focused on our conversation,"said Wallace. "He said that they see me as an offensive lineman, but I reminded him that I also play defense."
"Then me and my family decided to go up to Columbia for the Arizona State game tonight, and it was great! The game was exciting, Coach Pinkel, Coach Henson and Coach Ford were all happy to see me. Coach Henson said that I have a lot of talent and he would love to coach me," continued Wallace. "I was familiar with the facilities from camping there. I did get to see the locker rooms, and I spoke with some other Tiger commits in Alec Abeln, Andy Bauer and Harneet Gill. That was cool."
I asked Brian what his thoughts were about Missouri, and depite it being an early offer, where this might put them with him.
"I think they (Missouri) have a great team and will be a great team for years to come. I think they will be very successful in the SEC and I like that they are in that league. They also have the studies for which I want to go to school and major in, which is either sports medicine or graphic design.It's close to home and my parents can come see all my games, which would be great. I like the atmosphere and feel comfortable here from coming up here before, "said Wallace. "I know it's early, but I have a lot to think about and will be thinking about them. Being my first offer it definitely puts them at the top at the moment."
Brian informed me that Illinois is another school who has been in contact with him as of late.
Analysis: In my report on the Mizzou one day camp in St. Louis this past June, I wrote this about Brian Wallace in identifying him as one of the top underclassmen at camp.
"Big 2014 CBC OL/DT Brian Wallace 6'6" 295lbs 5.5 forty has tremendous upside for a young player. His size is impressive, but he is just starting to scratch the surface of his ability. I first saw him as he was about to enter his freshman year when he attended the Show-Me Combine. He was 6'5" 280 then, but he had not caught up to his size then athletically. You are seeing that unfold now. He played some in short yardage on defense last year. Look for him to play both DL and OL as a junior. His future is likely as an offensive lineman in college."
Brian has continued to work hard and improve himself even since then. He appears to be in the best shape of his football career, and his football technique, which he works hard on, continues to improve. He is a big athlete, who moves well and has the physical tools to excel on the next level at either OG or OT.
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow Brian Wallace's recruitment over the next two years.