One of the first places you will see a standout list of sophomores in Texas is in Texas Football Magazine, where they list underclassmen. The two Wallace twins were not lost on the editors of the Dave Campbell creation that has become the "bible of high school football" in the Lone Star State.
Both of the Fort Worth South Hills High School juniors for 2015-16 were listed with Tracin as a dual-threat quarterback and the then 6-0, 170-pound Tylan listed at wide receiver. That was also evident back on Sunday, March 13, at Coppell High School with Nike's The Opening Regional.
Tylan Wallace was part of a group of receivers that numbered in 67, plus a few walk-ups. It was crazy competition with the likes of DeSoto's KD Nixon and Laviska Shenault, Bremond's Roshauud Paul, Lewisville's Tyrell Shavers, Lancaster's Omar Manning, and D.D. Bowie, who came all the way from Mississippi to earn an invite to The Opening. Tylan Wallace, who along with his brother committed this week to Oklahoma State, was one of the receivers named to The Showcase that closed the event.
"There was a whole bunch of receivers there that day. It was ridiculous," Wallace said.
Tylan tested out well running an electronic 4.58 in the forty, a 4.2 seconds in the 5-10-5 shuttle, and a 34-inch vertical. He measured at six foot and weighed in at 179 pounds.
Last season at South Hills, he was looking forward to connecting with his twin on the receiving end because after all he had caught 67 passes from Tracin Wallace in his first two season of varsity football. There were 1,338 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, but last fall was going to top it all. Then Tracin went down with the torn knee ligament in the scrimmage costing his brother the entire season.
"It was tough because we had planned that this was our year and we were going to go far and deep in the playoffs and it sucked," Tylan said being blunt. "We had to move on and our backup quarterback had to fill in and we had to adjust and we didn't do too bad."
Not bad, as Tylan caught 59 passes for 1,439 yards and 20 touchdowns. Now this season, with Tracin set to return, that sixth sense that you would imagine brothers having while plaiyng together, especially twins, will come back into play.
"This year we should be bigger and better than we thought last year was going to be," Tylan said. "Our backup quarterback that stepped up last season is going to play receiver and play some on defense. We'll be more talented and have all that experience, more than we were going to have last year."
Bigger, better, and gaining lots of attention especially if there is a deep run into the playoffs. Oklahoma State fans can see it now. Many of them have a little bit of a fatalist attitude when it comes to recruiting as they look for the roof to cave in on any highly regarded players that have committed to the Cowboys. The man that has coached the Wallace twins at South Hills and had them scouted out a good three or four years before they arrived at South Hills said Oklahoma State need not worry about loyalty with this duo.
"We've had coaches from Norman, Oklahoma, up here since they were freshmen, been in the office once a month trying to get these two kids," Coach J.J. Resendez said of the firm nature of the commitment by Tylan and his brother Tracin. "They are not fly by night kids, flighty, or wishy washy. When they make a commitment they make a commitment. When they commit to something it is going to get done and get done the right way."
That's good to hear. Now let's watch the Wallaces and the Scorpions get after it this fall.