Despite all the recent changes at Texas Tech, defensive tackle commit Joe Wallace is still 100 percent solid with the Red Raiders.
Matter of fact, Wallace said that is the mindset of the whole 2016 class.
“If it comes down to it we don’t need coaches, we are going to win a championship ourselves. That’s our mentality,” he said. “It hasn’t changed anyone’s mind everyone is still 100 percent.”
The staff changes have given Wallace the opportunity to build a better relationship with defensive coordinator David Gibbs, who he has been keeping up with daily on Twitter.
“The relationship with coach Gibbs and I has really gotten stronger because of the firing of my position coach…” he said. “He’s so busy now because they have a big game coming up, but our relationship is getting stronger. It’s really getting that time where it is time for us to come up there and really play.”
The group was excited to see the coaches, because it had been since summer since they had visited. During the visit they planned out dates for their official visits, which for the defensive players is Jan. 22.
Wallace, who was named District 9-6A Defensive MVP after tallying 78 tackles and 20 sacks this season, also talked to coach Gibbs about the plan for him when he arrives in Lubbock.
“We talk about that all the time. He has a lot of guys leaving and they are having trouble stopping the run. I’m a pretty big guy so he told me when I come up there he expects big things from me right away, helping with the strength of the defense, me and “Big Mych” [Thomas] to make a pretty big impact,” he said.
Mychealon Thomas had a big impact on Wallace when they both played at Skyline, and he said he is excited to reunite with him at Texas Tech.
For now, Wallace is doing offseason workouts and focusing on being a student of the game so he can be prepared for the next level where “attention to detail matters”. He recently played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, where he helped the West team defeat the East team 21-14.
He is also trying to make it down to the Texas Bowl where Tech will take on LSU, but he isn’t positive he will make it. What he does know is the Texas Bowl will be a “big game for the Texas Tech defense” and is excited to see how David Gibbs and the defense respond.