“Coach Buddy Wyatt came over to one of my spring practices and asked me to visit one of the camps this summer. I came up there and he introduced me to the coaches and they extended an offer,” Wallace said.
During the camp, Wallace was especially impressed with the staff’s teaching methods on the field.
“I was especially impressed with the coaches paying attention to each kid at the camp. A lot of coaches don’t do that and they were showing them how to get into the drill and more stuff than I had seen at other camps,” the 6-foot, 315-pound tackle said. “The coaches were cool too.”
Wyatt impressed Wallace with his attention to detail along the defensive line during the camp.
“When I met him at the spring practice, he was kind of chill and relaxed, but then when he started coaching, he wanted stuff to be right and I like that. He’s a real good coach,” Wallace said. “We DM on Twitter everyday. We’re getting tight.”
Wallace is headed up to SMU tomorrow to visit with his mom to see more of the campus after just seeing the football facilities. Specifically, Wallace wants to see the tutoring areas.
From the June Jones era to Chad Morris now, there’s a noticeable difference according to Wallace.
“When I first saw SMU, I saw they had all new coaches and that was the first time meeting all the coaches and it seemed different from the old staff at SMU,” Wallace said. “They were more intense about winning. They want to win real bad.”
The whole experience really gave Wallace a new look on SMU.
“It was an A. I saw the family atmosphere that I like to see. I saw the players having fun out there — the ones that volunteered out there,” Wallace said. “Everything was nice and I liked everything. I just want my mom to see it.”
When asked if he could commit Friday, Wallace didn’t tip his hand.
“We’ll see. I see they’re rebuilding and I just want my mom to see it,” Wallace said. “It’s important to stay close to home because I don’t really want to go as far, but she wants me to go far and get the whole college experience, but I’m really looking for a home away from home experience.”
“Sometime before the season. Probably the beginning of August,” Wallace said. “SMU is my first stop, on the 15th I’m going to Texas Tech.”
Texas Tech has also offered Wallace and listed Baylor as a school that if they offered, could really change things for him. Iowa State and Army will get visits in July and Washington is expected to get a visit, but that hasn’t been set in stone yet.
Wallace had 50 total tackles and 13 sacks on the year and has really worked on running sideline-to-sideline and his conditioning to improve on his impressive strength.
“I’m already low to the ground so I got a good center of gravity and I’m strong with it so it makes me hard to block me because I’m in my gap and I’m explosive,” Wallace said. “I got my stamina up and my endurance so I can go more plays than I was. I ran a lot this spring.”
Wisconsin is the only other school Wallace has been in contact with lately.