Where's Wallace?

Bo Wallace played for Hugh Freeze at Arkansas State. But he transferred. Now Freeze is recruiting Wallace to Ole Miss, where he was named head coach last week.

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Wallace, of Pulaski, Tenn., left Arkansas State for East Mississippi Community College after Ryan Aplin quickly emerged as the starting quarterback. Wallace set the NJCAA record for passing yards this season with 4,476 passing yards. He also threw for 53 touchdowns, another record.

EMCC finished 12-0 and won a national title.

"If you look at the stats, it's kind of eye-popping," Wallace said. "I think that helped me out (in recruiting), and then just coaches watching my film and seeing how much I've improved every year that I've played, that's something that's really helped me out. I've improved. I think I've improved every year."

Wallace visited Ole Miss unofficially Friday. Wallace was in Oxford when he received a call from Freeze, who encouraged Wallace to stop by.

"It was real good. We just talked about stories we had when we were at Arkansas State and watched my new film. We just kind of talked ball a little bit. It was a real good visit," he said.

There is no ill-will between Wallace and Freeze. Wallace said the only reason he left Arkansas State, where Freeze was offensive coordinator for one year and head coach last season, was simply due to a lack of potential playing time.

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"I left because Ryan, he was Sun Belt Player of the Year," Wallace said. "He's doing great things up there. He wasn't going to do anything to lose the job. I thought it would be best for me to leave and try to develop myself.

"Luckily when I got here, I had a really good quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. They've really developed me."

Wallace has heard from a number of schools, though he's still waiting on offers.

Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, UAB, Miami-Ohio and Florida Atlantic have all showed interest. Of those schools, Wallace said Miami-Ohio and UAB are closest to offering.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Wallace will take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.

"I'm real excited about it. I'm ready to go up there. I pretty much remember most of Freeze's offense," Wallace said. "Most of the time on a visit, you try to soak in as much of an offense as you can. Me already knowing it, I wouldn't really need to do that. I just want to be around the coaching staff and be on campus and be around Oxford. I guess just take in the whole atmosphere."

If Ole Miss were to offer, Wallace said the Rebels would quickly leapfrog other potential suitors. "Ole Miss has always been at the top of my list," he said. He's merely hoping for the opportunity.

Ole Miss currently has one quarterback committed in C.J. Beathard of Franklin, Tenn. The Rebels are also pursuing Oxford, Miss., quarterback Jeremy Liggins and Petal, Miss., quarterback Anthony Alford.

Ole Miss started three different quarterbacks at different points last season. Randall Mackey, Zack Stoudt and Barry Brunetti all started at least two games, with Brunetti finishing the year in a loss to in-state rival Mississippi State. Ole Miss wrapped its 2-10 season in November.

"Freeze, it's kind of ironic, him getting a job up there. I just hope I get an opportunity to get an offer and maybe get a chance to play there," Wallace said. "I'm committed to winning; I'm committed to winning football games. I'm somebody that's going to do everything I can to win football games for my team."

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