Urban Meyer Strengthens Pipeline to Texas
By George Yarberry
EFN National Director
Urban Meyer might not know who his starting quarterback will
be this season, but he is already planning for a few years down the road with
his recent commit, Tristen Wallace, from DeSoto High School in Texas.
Wallace, a 6’3 215-pound junior, is the Buckeyes 9th
verbal commitment in the 2016 recruiting class and one of the top dual threat
quarterbacks in the country. He had offers from Texas, UCLA, Mississippi State,
Louisville, Nebraska, Indiana, SMU and Texas Tech.
Wallace’s style of play will be a perfect fit for Meyer’s
offense. He is a man among boys running the football at the high school level.
He is strong, athletic and has the speed to take it to the house. As a passer,
he has a big arm and does a good job throwing down field.
Wallace had a tough start to his junior season when he broke
his ankle in his third game. He was able to come back to help his team in the
state semi-final game against Coppell. In the victory, he rushed for 183 yards
and scored 3 touchdowns.
He followed that game up with another great performance in
the state championship game against Allen High School. He had 160 passing yards
and 1 touchdown in the air, and racked up 109 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on
the ground. DeSoto lost a heartbreaker, 25-22, after Allen connected on a field
goal as time expired.
Meyer doesn’t have a lot of recruits from the Lone Star
state on his roster, but the two Texas players he did get have been home run
pickups with quarterback J.T. Barrett and Dontre Wilson, another player from
Meyer continues to land nationally ranked recruits and add
depth to his future roster. It looks like the Buckeyes will be in good hands
for the next 5 years at quarterback, and Meyer strengthens his recruiting
pipeline to Texas.