Decision Time

East Mississippi Community College quarterback Bo Wallace has a decision to make.

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Wallace, who set the NJCAA record for passing yards last season with 4,476 yards in leading EMCC to a national title, is down to two schools: Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Wallace said Monday afternoon Baylor is third. He'll make his decision in a day or two.

"Right now, it's pretty much between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. I'm going to sit down with my parents before the national championship game," he said. "We're going to talk about it in detail. We've already talked a little bit, but I'm kind of open to having a decision tomorrow and at the latest Wednesday."

EMCC finished 12-0 last season. Wallace threw for 53 touchdowns on the year, another record. He has made a number of visits over the last few weeks, including stops at Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Baylor and Nebraska.

Wallace holds offers from each of those schools, as well as Indiana, Middle Tennessee State and UAB. Texas and Texas Tech have also shown interest, though he hasn't received a scholarship offer from either school.

"It got really crazy in one day," Wallace said. "I think maybe last Tuesday, everything started happening and it got real crazy, real fast. I'd be lying to you if I didn't say I've enjoyed it. At this point, I'm just ready for it to be over and get back to playing football."

Wallace said the lure of playing his final three years of collegiate football in the Southeastern Conference is what separated Ole Miss and Mississippi State -- who finished 2-10 and 7-6, respectively, in 2011 -- from the pack.

Bo Wallace

"I think it's just a chance to play in the SEC. Growing up in the South, you watch the SEC on Saturdays. You always want to play there, and I think I have a chance to play at both places," he said.

Wallace said both Ole Miss and Mississippi State have positives, and he feels he has an opportunity to play early at either school.

Wallace played one season at Arkansas State under Hugh Freeze. Freeze replaced Houston Nutt as head coach of Ole Miss in December. Wallace said the familiarity with the offense is in the Rebels' favor.

As for Mississippi State, Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen indicated Wallace would compete immediately with returners Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott for snaps with the first team come spring drills.

"If I go into Ole Miss, I already pretty much know the system. If I go to Mississippi State, they already have two guys on the roster and they told me we'd all be rotating snaps in the spring. That's exciting to hear, that you have a chance to play at both places," Wallace said.

Wallace has three years to play three. He will enroll at his school of choice this month and participate in spring practices.

"I think once I know for sure, 100 percent, I'll go ahead and announce it. I just don't know when that's going to be," he said. "I just think the best chance for me to get on the field with each school, and then somewhere I'm comfortable going to school at and where my parents are comfortable with me going."

Wherever he ends up, Wallace is looking to quickly establish himself as a leader.

"I just think it's important for a quarterback going in to establish yourself as a leader; show guys that you'll fight for them, and you're going to be the hardest worker in the locker room and the weight room," he said. "I want to make sure guys understand that I want to be a leader and I'm here to be your starting quarterback."

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