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Texas looking at QB Bo Wallace

Updated: January 4, 2012, 7:45 PM ET
By Max Olson and William Wilkerson | HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- Bo Wallace has caught Texas' eye, but the Longhorns have not completely fallen for the junior college quarterback.

Wallace, the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year, has not been offered a scholarship by the Longhorns, according to a source within the Texas program. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound East Mississippi Community College player is tentatively scheduled to make an official visit to Texas this weekend. He is currently visiting Indiana and received an offer from Missisissippi State on Tuesday.

After his visit to Indiana, Wallace plans on visiting Baylor and working in a trip to Austin immediately following his stop in Waco.

"I think he's just looking for a place to call home," EMCC coach Buddy Stephens said.

Texas might be the place. Longhorns coach Mack Brown has said he would like to have three quarterbacks this spring and four by the start of fall camp.

Wallace, who set NJCAA single-season records for passing yards (4,606) and touchdown passes (53) this fall, graduated from EMCC in December with the intent of enrolling at a school and participating in spring practice.

"I know he likes competition and wants to play at the highest level and has confidence in himself," Stephens said. "He's going to go someplace that gives him the best education and the best football."

Wallace capped his impressive debut year with MVP honors in East Mississippi's 55-47 victory over Arizona Western College in the NJCAA championship game on Dec. 3. He threw for 486 yards and seven touchdowns on 31-of-44 passing in that finale.

"He's got a real good demeanor. Never gets too high, never gets too low," Stephens said. "His ability to read coverages and know where to go with the ball is really, really good, and he does a real good job of preparing himself for ballgames."

Wallace began his career at Arkansas State, but the Pulaski, Tenn., native transferred in 2010 after sitting out his first season. He'll be a redshirt sophomore this fall with three years of eligibility.

The Longhorns' sudden interest in Wallace does raise major question marks, most notably about Case McCoy. Rumors of the five-game starter pondering a transfer have surfaced ever since the Holiday Bowl.

Mack Brown shot down talk of a potential McCoy departure last Friday.

Whether McCoy leaves or not, Texas returns David Ash and will bring in four-star recruit Connor Brewer this spring and dual-threat talent Jalen Overstreet in the summer.

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