January 11, 2012 8:50:00 AM
Bo Wallace, the junior college first-team All-American quarterback selection out of East Mississippi Community College has decided to accept a scholarship offer at the University of Mississippi. Wallace, who will be able to sign in the 2012 recruiting class and enroll early in order to be able to compete in spring practices, chose the Rebels program over other scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Baylor and Indiana.
OleMissSpirit.com, the Scout.com affiliate for coverage of the Rebels program reported the news first early Tuesday afternoon. Universities and athletic coaching staffs are unable to comment on verbal commitments of specific players under NCAA rules until the student-athlete has signed a National Letter-of-Intent with the institution.
Multiple phone calls, voice mails and text messages to Wallace and EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens requesting not only comment but to confirm the news directly were not returned.
Wallace 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).
Wallace will be reunited with Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze after the quarterback redshirted at Arkansas State University when Freeze was the leader of that program two years ago.
during his transfer season under EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens. As a first-team NJCAA All-American selection after completing 336-of-502 (67 percent) passes, with only 14 interceptions in a dozen outings, The Pulaski, Tenn., native also rushed for 206 yards and five touchdowns on 61 carries to lead the Lions to a school-first national football title following a 55-47 El Toro Bowl victory over previously unbeaten Arizona Western College in this year's NJCAA Football Championship Game played Dec. 3 in Yuma, Ariz. 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.
Since the transfer of redshirt freshman Dylan Favre last month, MSU is left with just two scholarship quarterbacks (redshirt sophomore Tyler Russell and freshman Dak Prescott) on the active roster heading into spring workouts.
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