Wallace talks Knoxville visit

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Summer camps are an opportunity for high school football players to pick up knowledge of the game from college coaches as well as a golden opportunity for high-level prospects to educate themselves on the schools that offer them scholarships.

An exciting byproduct of the camps is under-the-radar athletes getting to showcase their skills and the weight training work they've done since last winter.

Although he has posted productive numbers for Bentonville (Ark.) High School in the state's highest classification each of the last two years, Tearris Wallace is a running back still looking to find a college home, possibly in the Southeastern Conference.

The staff at Tennessee saw Wallace work out days ago and after camp film is looked over, the runner is going to get word via running backs coach Jay Graham as to whether or not the Volunteers are issuing an offer.

"It'd be the first one and it'd be incredible," Wallace said of the prospect of receiving a Vol offer. "It's the league every kid dreams of playing in."

Wallace currently has offers from Air Force and Memphis. He believes Arkansas State is close to pulling the trigger.

While in Knoxville for the workout, he also got educated about life on The Hill.

"I have a better feel for everything that's going on here," Wallace told InsideTennessee. "I saw a lot of the reconstruction; it looks great. I worked well.

"They gave me a blueprint of the reconstruction. It just looks great. I'd love to be part of it. It all looks good."

The well-spoken prospect glanced at the academic side of things as well.

"They showed me where I'd be taking a lot of my classes. The people giving me my tour knew what they were talking about and like I said, it was all good," Wallace said.

Even though his home is barely 35 minutes directly north of Fayetteville, Ark., Wallace said he is "not a huge, die hard fan" of Arkansas. He said he grew up rooting for Alabama and lived in the Heart of Dixie as a baby.

At 5-feet-9, 210 pounds, he has near ideal size for a ball carrier. Wallace, who doesn't turn 18 until November, is also advanced strength-wise as he bench presses 325 pounds and squats 505.

Wallace has been getting it done since his sophomore season when he ran for 1,528 yards and 21 touchdowns in leading the Tigers to an AAA Class 7A state championship and a 13-0 record. In the final, Wallace racked up 191 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

With its college-bound tailback's help, Bentonville returned to the 7A final this past winter but fell in overtime to Fayetteville 29-28. Fayetteville returns three Arkansas commits in four-star quarterback Austin Allen as well as three-stars safety Alex Brignoni and linebacker Brooks Ellis for 2012.

Even with defenses keying on him much of his junior season, Wallace accumulated 1,348 yards on 215 carries with 19 touchdowns. He has consistently clocked sub-4.6 times in the camp and combine circuit this calendar year.

The studious runner currently carries a 3.32 grade point average and already has a qualifying ACT score of 22.

See highlights of Wallace from the 2011 campaign by clicking play below:

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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