Texas Tech will need many of its new arrivals on defense to make an immediate impact next season and that definitely includes Dallas Skyline standout defensive tackle Joe Wallace, who along with most of the 2016 signees reported to campus earlier this month.
Wallace was one of four former Skyline standouts to sign with Texas Tech in February, joining running back Da'Leon Ward, defensive lineman Clarence Henderson and noseguard Mych Thomas, who transferred in from Butler (Kan.) Community College.
The 2016 District 9-6A Co-Defensive MVP tallied over 100 tackles and 18 sacks his last two years in high school and reported to the Red Raiders slimmed down. After playing at over 330 pounds as a junior, Wallace was down to 320 by National Signing Day and told Raider Power he had lost more weight during the offseason.
"I just been working out every day trying to be in the best shape possible when I report to Tech," Wallace said. "My weight is 310 right now but my goal is 305."
The Scout three-star prospect who was rated as the No. 9 defensive tackle in Texas, said assistant coaches Emmett Jones and Kevin Patrick visited him during the spring to check in on him, make sure he was in shape and keeping his grades up. He added the plan is for him to play at nose and hadn't heard anything about him lining up in the 3-technique defensive tackle spot prior to getting to campus.
Wallace said he will major in communication.