SMU football recently landed a commitment from 2015 quarterback Kyle Kearns, but that hasn't stopped the coaches from looking at quarterbacks from the Class of 2016. Late in May, 2016 DeSoto (Tex.) High School quarterback Tristen Wallace got an offer from SMU, a school he knows well because of his parents.
"My mom and my dad are both SMU alums," Wallace said. "I've been talking to the coaches. When I went to the camp last summer (after) freshman (year), they told me to come back in spring."
Wallace got the offer in May, and he said he plans to go back to SMU for a minicamp later in the summer. But Wallace was impressed right when he stepped on campus after his freshman year.
"I love SMU. They have great academics, and football is good. Their coaching staff is top-notch. They play a good schedule. I love the program, especially the coaches."
Wallace has yet to be a starter on DeSoto's team, as he sat behind TCU-bound Desmon White during his first two seasons. But that hasn't stopped the offers from coming in. His first offer came from Indiana, and he has since added offers from Nebraska, in addition to SMU.
Wallace's offer list should grow as he settles into his new role as DeSoto's starter. He spent spring practice getting comfortable with the role, and he says that the spring season was a success.
"Spring went great. It was an exciting spring and we got better."
Wallace said he enjoyed learning from White, who led the Eagles five rounds deep in the 2013 Class 5A playoffs. He said watching White play made him better, and White inspired him to get better and put in effort.
At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Wallace has the build of a college quarterback.
He previously told Scout.com he described himself as an "elusive quarterback." Wallace has been timed at 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash.