The Hilltop Review

Come inside for this week's Hilltop Review where we recap the latest news in the recruiting world!

Wallace hearing from SMU a lot

By: Patrick Engel

DeSoto (Texas) quarterback Tristen Wallace picked up an offer from SMU at the end of the spring, and the rising junior says he has been hearing from SMU regularly.

“I hear from them a lot,” Wallace said. “They send me stuff in the mail and I talk to their recruiting coordinator that recruits in (the DeSoto) area.”

Wallace does not remember the recruiter’s name, but he and his dad first met him when he attended an SMU camp after his freshman year. Wallace has not camped at SMU this summer, but he says he will visit the Hilltop before his season starts.

“I’m planning on getting back there, it’s just that right now there’s been other stuff going on with my school, but I’ll make my way back up there.”

Wallace has also played in 7-on-7 tournaments this summer, and while he and his DeSoto teammates have not qualified for state, he impressed with his play.

Recently, Wallace showed some affinity to SMU when he tweeted, “Been wearing this SMU hat kinda strong these last few days.” He also previously told PonyStampede that he “loved” SMU. Despite his recent comments, Wallace said that he views all schools he is considering equally, and added that he won’t be committing until his senior year.

“Both my parents graduated from SMU, and they have a great education, and it’s close to home; its just things like that,” he said.

Wallace, who was DeSoto’s backup quarterback last season, has offers from Nebraska, Indiana, and SMU, and singled out Baylor as a school that has started to show significant interest in him.

“I’ve been talking to pretty much a lot of schools in the Big 12 and some in the SEC.”

Wallace will be DeSoto’s starter this season, and his offer list will surely grow as he takes the reigns of the Eagles’ offense. He has an NFL body at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, and is a dual-threat quarterback with high-4.5 speed.

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Song keeping his options open despite commitment

By: Scott Sanford

When SMU landed three-star running back Daniel Gresham from All Saints Episcopal (TX) in February, everyone knew the Mustangs were getting a talented player.

But most did not know Gresham could help in persuading one of his close friends to join him on the Hilltop in 2015.

Jonathan Song, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound kicker from All Saints, played along side Gresham for three years, and the two remain very close.

That’s why when SMU special teams Coach Carlos Barocio-Leon offered the rising senior on Father’s Day, Song was ecstatic.

“I was very happy,” Song said. “Knowing that I had another shot to play with one of my best friends in Daniel Gresham, someone who I consider like a brother, it’s just a blessing.”

However, before Song was offered by SMU, he was offered a greyshirt by TCU, where he is in fact committed at the moment.

Despite sticking by TCU’s side for now, Song said he will continue to listen to other schools and hear what they have to offer.

“I am committed to TCU, but I am considering other options as well because it’s still early in the recruiting process,” Song said. “I’m still talking to my high school coach as well as many of my peers and family members. I’d like to say I’m committed (to TCU), but at the same time this is a big decision so I want to stay open to all of my options.”

Right now, SMU is still the only school to offer a full scholarship to Song, but the kicker also has a preferred walk-on spot at Tulsa, and has been in touch with the coaches at Columbia and UCLA.

Although no dates are set at this point, Song said he is “definitely” going to be visiting SMU before he makes his final decision.

“I love the coaches there (at SMU), and I haven’t gotten to see the facilities yet, so I will probably go up there with Daniel sometime and meet some of the players and visit the campus and athletic facilities.”

With his senior season right around the corner, Song is focused on winning another ring and has no plans on making his final decision anytime soon. Song also said he will likely wait until after his season is over before he takes any official visits.

For now, Song plans on staying in contact with Coach Barocio-Leon through email until the two can meet face-to-face.

SMU keeping tabs on Williams

By: Patrick Engel

SMU recently landed its 11th commitment for 2015, Mansfield (Tex.) Timberview athlete Myron Gailliard, and one of his teammates and close friends, quarterback Devin Williams, also has SMU’s interest. Williams, a rising junior, says he has started to hear from SMU, but knows a lot about it from being around Gailliard.

“I just started hearing from (SMU) when they came to look at Myron, and I guess they caught my eye a little bit,” Williams said. “They really don’t talk to me that much, but whenever they come to see Myron they always (say) ‘we’ve got to get you (to SMU).”

Williams says he mainly gets mail from SMU and hasn’t had a chance to talk at length with the coaches, but he said he would like to take a visit to SMU before his season starts.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be there pretty soon,” he said. “(Myron and I) will probably take a visit.”

Although the coaches have yet to talk to Williams, he says that he is impressed with the direction the program is heading. Additionally, a couple of Williams’ friends are on the team, while another is also a member of the Mustangs Class of 2015.

“A good friend of mine committed a while ago, James Proche, and he was telling me that they are really back on the rise and he likes what they’re doing. Another one of my friends is there too, Daniel Gresham, and he loves it there and he wants me there too. I’ve also talked to Matt Davis, and I’ve heard great things about (SMU) so far.”

Williams’ connections to SMU will surely help the coaching staff if they decide to pursue him. He does not have any offers, but said he is regularly talking to Nebraska, Arizona State and San Diego State.

“I think Nebraska is the closest,” said Williams. “I went there to visit and I threw for them. They really like me and they’ve been looking at me for a while now and they know I can throw the ball (well). If they see me do what they want me to do in two games, they’ll offer me, or maybe even sooner.”

Williams does not have any offers, but he said he thinks that will change when the season starts. He also said that he plans to visit Arizona State this summer. He says he has heard a little bit from Fresno State and Texas, but his focus remains on the three schools that he said have shown significant interest.

“I’m keeping my eye on those schools that actually want me and aren’t trying to play games, so I’m just taking my time.”

Timberview returns a good nucleus of players, and Williams said he is optimistic about the upcoming season. He said he is focusing on being a better leader.

“I think this team is one of the best teams I’ve been on in a while and we have a really good chance. We have a lot of great players and great coaches. I’m really looking forward to the season starting.”

Williams has also been doing some recruiting of his own. Proche, who played for Prime Prep Academy the last two seasons, needs to find a new school because of Prime Prep’s sudden closing.

“I’ve trying to get him over to Timberview,” Williams said with a laugh. “But he really doesn’t know what happened. I’m just praying for him because it’s his senior year and it’s (bad timing) for him. I’ve told him Timberview is always open for him.”

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