East Mississippi Community College quarterback Bo Wallace
January 3, 2012 6:40:00 PM
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has made a scholarship offer to East Mississippi Community College quarterback Bo Wallace.
Wallace, who would be able to sign in the 2012 recruiting class and enroll early in order to be able to compete in spring practices, helped EMCC to the national NJCAA championship and set NJCAA single-season records for most passing yards (4,604), total yards offense (4,810) and most touchdowns thrown (53).
"You get an offer to play QB in SEC, that's a game changer," Wallace said in a phone interview with The Dispatch. "If I come to MSU, I'm coming in to compete for the starting QB job."
Wallace received the scholarship offer Tuesday afternoon from MSU coach Dan Mullen over the phone with an offer to visit the campus as late as Jan. 10. Classes begin at MSU on Monday and Wallace has graduated from EMCC in order to be eligible for spring practices. The 6-foot-4 quarterback has visits scheduled at Indiana University and Baylor University this week but told The Dispatch he may have reconsider going on those trips.
"I've got to sit down with my family and talk about this," Wallace said. "Those (visits) could change."
Wallace, who redshirted at Arkansas State University a year ago, paid immediate dividends during his transfer season under EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens.
As a first-team NJCAA All-American, Wallace completed 336-of-502 (67%) passes, with only 14 interceptions in a dozen outings, Wallace also rushed for 206 yards and five touchdowns on 61 carries to lead the Lions to a school-first national football title. He is only the second player in NJCAA history to surpass the 4,000-yard mark passing and the first freshman to win the NJCAA Player of the Year offensive award since 2004.
"He's the best quarterback I've seen in this league," Stephens said. "If a player like Bo can't make it at the next level then we probably need to stop playing junior college football in the state of Mississippi. Bo's a winner and that's defined by the fact he's won 28 straight games dating back to high school."
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