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Texas QB target Tristen Wallace decommits from Texas Tech

The nation's No. 3 dual-threat prospect has ties to the Longhorns.

Tristen Wallace
Tristen Wallace
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DeSoto quarterback Tristen Wallace decommitted from the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Thursday evening, according to multiple reports.

Pledged to head coach Kliff Kingsbury's program since January, Wallace re-opened his recruitment because he felt that he "made a mistake committing to so early," he told Bleacher Report.

Now back on the market once again, Wallace wants to play in a "spread, up-tempo offense." According to head coach Charlie Strong and 2015 quarterback signee Kai Locksley, the Longhorns plan on achieving half of that aim by huddling less to increase the tempo. However, it's not yet clear whether the offense will technically qualify as a spread attack.

Becoming a fit for Wallace in that regard could be crucial to his recruitment given his other ties to Texas -- he was high on the Longhorns early in the process and his older sister attends UT and works in the football offices. Additionally, former DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis sent numerous prospects from the Metroplex powerhouse down I-35 to Austin during his tenure.

Since Wallace also holds offers from schools like Baylor and Ohio State, those programs would represent serious challenges for the DeSoto star's signature since the Bears and Buckeyes are clear fits for the offense in which Wallace wants to play in college. SMU could also challenge the bigger programs since Mathis is now the running backs coach there under new head coach Chad Morris, who also runs an offense that appeals to Wallace by definition.

The bottom line is that becoming an offensive fit for the nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback could be the key to his recruitment. If that happens this fall, the Longhorns would seem to stand a strong chance of adding the high-upside athlete to the 2016 class alongside planned grayshirt Matthew Merrick and recent pledge Shane Buechele.

And in those efforts, it's a good thing that Wallace reportedly isn't afraid of some competition.