Wallace talks SMU visit, Buckeyes

Billy talked with DeSoto quarterback Tristen Wallace about his SMU and Ohio State visit!

2016 DeSoto quarterback Tristen Wallace stopped by SMU to take in practice the day before tripping to Ohio State and came away impressed.

“It was great. I like SMU. I like coach Chad Morris and coach Craddock and coach Mathis as well,” Wallace said.

Wallace hadn’t been over to catch a practice yet and it blew him away the pace that the team operated at.

“They coached real well and they go fast. It was stupid how fast they were going like DeSoto.” Wallace said. “It’s a good thing they got going there. It was a good experience overall.”

Morris, Wallace and other coaches talked with Wallace about how he could fit into SMU’s offense.

“We talked about a lot. We talked about the offense and Deshaun Watson, the quarterback he had at Clemson before he came to SMU, and how much I favored him,” the three-star quarterback said. “(We talked about) different plays too because my offensive coordinator Todd Peterman was there too.”

Morris’ biggest pitch might have been how he sees Wallace’s future at the program working out.

“He told me I can take over the program. He told me I can be like RGIII at Baylor or Johnny Manziel at A&M. I can do the same at their program,” Wallace said.

Wallace took his visit to Ohio State the day after catching SMU practice and was excited about seeing what the Buckeyes had to offer and build his relationship with the national champions. The highlight was talking with coach Urban Meyer.

“Definitely coach Meyer and the rest of the staff. We talked about the offense, the quarterbacks and how I’d fit in. He’s a real cool dude,” Wallace said.

A lot of people talk about the three-headed monster at quarterback, but Wallace says that’ll have no effect on his decision.

Braxton Miller is a senior so it’ll be Cardale and J.T. when I get there. After that, I’d redshirt and then one of them would leave for the league,” Wallace said. “That would leave J.T. and a few other guys they have and I’m not scared to compete. I’ll do whatever I need to do. I’ll go where I want to go. I don’t really care where everybody is at.”

Former DeSoto teammate Dontre Wilson is at Ohio State, but Wallace said there’s no pressure coming from his former teammate to pick the Buckeyes.

“It’s not really like he’s trying to get up there like you’d think, but he’s just trying to get me to make the best decision for me.”

Wallace enjoyed Columbus as well saying, “it was cool and I really liked the atmosphere.”

When pressed though about if his SMU interest is real with offers from the likes of Ohio State, Baylor, TCU, Texas and UCLA to name a few, he’s loving SMU.

“I loved it. I love what coach Chad Morris is doing. They have a young team and they’re only going to get better — way better,” Wallace said. “They probably have one of the best coaching staffs in Texas. They’re going to do what they want to do basically.”

Wallace is trying to focus on his team and getting ready for the season and doesn’t have any other visits planned right now. Billy


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