Despite 14 Texas commits in the 2012 class participating in workouts this week preparing for the Under Armour game on Thursday night and the Army game that will take place on Saturday, no story has set the Longhorn Nation abuzz like the interest in JUCO quarterback Bo Wallace.
Since the news broke on Tuesday evening that Texas asked Wallace to come in for an official visit, which he will take on Saturday after visiting Baylor, there have been conflicting reports about whether or not Wallace has a Texas offer. At this point, it appears that he does not, but receiving one will merely be a formality upon his visit to Austin and sit-down with. The classic Texas procedure, in other words.
With that in mind, the next major question becomes where exactly the Longhorns stand with Wallace. Reports have Mississippi State pushing hard for a commitment in recent days and the sense is that the Bulldogs provide the major competition for Wallace. However, the Tennessee gunslinger whose given name is William Robert Wallace told Orangebloods on Tuesday that the Longhorns will be at the top of his list with an offer.
So when EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens told the Clarion-Ledger that he thinks Wallace's mind is made up, it ranks as quite a revelation. Stephens said that he didn't know what the decision would be, but the expectation is that Wallace will make an announcement soon after making his visit to Texas.
Stephens, who calls Wallace "Billy Bob," shared an amusing story about his quarterback's toughness:
One of the first or second practices we had (at EMCC), a linebacker comes in late and hit Bo. Bo didn't throw the ball, so he and Bo started having these words. Bo grabbed the linebacker by the facemask and started hitting him upside the head with the football. That's the kind of kid he is.
Not sure what exactly to make of that other than the fact that Wallace is smart enough not to try to bludgeon a defensive player about the head with his bare hand. That might be worth something, especially considering that Wallace is known for his gunslinger mentality that often results in him throwing into small windows, throws that often leave his coach ill at ease despite consistent success doing so at the junior college level.
In the end, what the Texas coaches tell Wallace about where they see him fitting in with the team could be a major factor in his final decision, despite the assertion from Stephens that Wallace has made up his mind. If Texas sells Wallace on being able to come in and at least compete for the starting job, Billy Bob could be a Longhorn by this time next week.